“Who is Cookie?”
While dropping off a computer to be repaired, one poor guy said his wife had accused him of having an affair. His wife saw a popup on the computer that stated something about “cookie”. “WHO IS COOKIE?”, his wife demanded. I can only imagine the rest of the conversation but questions like that don’t start a pleasant conversation.
Do you know about cookies? A cookie is a tidbit of information that a website may store on your computer to remember something about you. Why does the computer need to remember anything about you? Banks and other websites that require logins usually keep that information in a cookie. When you logon to the website, it verifies that you are you or the logon request is coming from your computer without asking for your life history.
Are cookies “bad”? It seems that everyone is concerned about erasing cookies. What is the big deal? How could that information hurt you? It isn’t a problem that the cookies are present. The problem is that a virus could dig into your computer’s cookies to harvest information.
Unless you spend a lot of time in places that you wouldn’t want your mother to know about, don’t get overly anxious about cookies.
The United Nations is considering taking control of the Internet. Have you ever heard the term, “network neutrality”? Network neutrality is the concept of not interfering with the content of the Internet. Internet Service Providers, ISPs, have been plagued with this issue since the beginning of the Internet.
Are there things on the Internet that are unacceptable to one or more person? Of course, there is content on the Internet that even the most liberal person will find unacceptable. In the United States, we take pride in the freedom of speech that we enjoy. There are times when we have been forced to defend the right to speak even if we don’t agree with the message. "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" has been misattributed to Voltaire but it probably summed up his thoughts and countless patriots on the matter.
During the Arab spring, governments that have fallen attempted to control the Internet. The “Keep them in the dark…” approach doesn’t work. Burning books and censorship will not stop people from thinking.
The Internet allows easy access to every type of content. Children have been exposed to inappropriate material. How do we keep children safe when they are under constant exposure to ideas before they are ready to face them?
Who should be appointed the task of network censor? Will we lose our rights of expression on the Internet?