Cyberspace has introduced scale being control and speed being coordination into society where we can now send messages to large group of people and coordinate an action instantaneously. However, this creates a new sort of power and because everyday people have access to the affordances of cyberspace, everyday people now also hold some amount of power.
The power that we hold is too much for government regimes to grant freely to us because this kind of power could potentially mean a revolution, a leak of incrimination information and a civilian riot. In order to ensure that governments maintain control, they must take it from us.
As John Perry Barlow notes, governments “claim that there are problems among us that they need to solve as an excuse to invade our precinct.” This leads to censorship.
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