In the News (Deutsche Welle): ”The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) is one of the world’s leading white-hat hacker meetings and maker fairs, and its annual general meeting in Leipzig this week was a celebration of digital arts and technology stunts.
“What do hardcore computer hackers and technology freaks do when they get together in a big horde? The place to find out is Leipzig, and the time is now. That’s because CCC is holding its 34th annual meeting there, from December 27 to 30, under the rubric ‘Do Something.’
“Around 15,000 people are expected to take part in the sold-out event, some 3,000 more than last year. For Germany’s dedicated white-hat hackers and computer nerds, it’s the biggest, best festival of the year. …
“CCC is concerned with freedom of information, privacy, digital technologies, experimentation, and digital arts, culture and politics, among other things.”
Question: Is it harmful for society to have access to general data on any individual? Who can be permitted to have such access?
Answer: This is a problem. If society were corrected, then all information would be accessible and open and everything would be correctly accepted, comprehended, and digested, as in a meat grinder, and we would have a “nice cutlet.”
However, when society and various countries’ regulating federal organizations, their attorneys, courts, and the like, are only waiting to grind and mold everything to their own favor, then I don’t think this type of access is worth revealing. I think that in such a case the Internet will turn into a sewer.
If we open the Internet and pour everything into it, then it will be like what happens in our oceans; as you’re flying over, you see the mountains of garbage in the middle of the ocean. The Internet is also an ocean. It really can contain anything, but ultimately, even if it is endless and without limits, mountains of garbage will begin to accumulate in it, which will have the effect of slowing down the flow of information, creating spam, and so forth.
That is why I am not in favor of absolute freedom, but of reasonable freedom. We have to deal with the individual as with a child—allowing only what is beneficial for his development. If we allow a child to do absolutely everything, then we might cause him harm. So it is here.
Humanity is like irrational children, requiring education. At the same time, we can allow anything on the Internet according to the extent of education humanity receives. However, only based on the level of education—so that the individual draws from the Internet only what is actually beneficial for him and society.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 1/7/18