Posted by: Dissol on May 17, 2011
The internet is a powerful tool. Of course this power can be used for bad ends - think child pornography, or the dissemination of false information, or to link terrorist groups.
But the good outweighs the bad. By a long way. There is the opening of opportunities for business, and for education.
But it also has the great ability to break down barriers. We have seen this in the various democratic "revolutions" in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, and the like. National boundaries are being broken down. The World can protest against injustices.
We have seen another example recently, this time Uganda. Homosexual practices have already been outlawed in Uganda, but, in their latest parliamentary sitting, a bill was proposed to bring in the death penalty as punishment. There was a concerted campaign on the Internet, backed by many Human Rights groups, such as Human Rights Watch, and Avaaz, to raise global awareness & to try to dissuade the Ugandan parliament from passing this bill. They have been (partially) successful; the Bill has not been passed, and has no chance of passing in the present sitting of Parliament. But the sponsor of the bill (who is backed by various religious fundamentalist groups), has vowed to keep pushing this bill. So the international pressure should not be relaxed.
For more on this:
Anti-gay bill shelved:
Avaaz's response to the outcome in the Guardian:
Ugandan President did not back bill because of "criticism of human rights groups":
Anti-gay bill delayed amid outcry:
Uganda's "kill the gays" bill defeated:
Be a part of this global movement and sign the petition at Avaaz, and help them reach 2,000,000 signatures.