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Lutando por uma internet aberta com Hossein Derakhshan

Em 2008, o Hossein Derakhshan foi preso e condenado a 20 anos de cadeia no Irã. Isso aconteceu por que ele publicava em seu blog críticas sobre a fechada internet do seu país e ele foi para a cadeia por uma internet aberta. Ano passado, ele foi livre e perdoado pelo seu “crime” e, hoje, ele se questiona se tudo isso valeu a pena. Afinal, a internet que ele lutou para manter aberta e que o levou até a prisão está morrendo e parece que ninguém se importa muito com isso.

Do texto que li dele, selecionei o trecho abaixo como a parte mais interessante.

The hyperlink was my currency six years ago. Stemming from the idea of the hypertext, the hyperlink provided a diversity and decentralisation that the real world lacked. The hyperlink represented the open, interconnected spirit of the world wide web — a vision that started with its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee. The hyperlink was a way to abandon centralization — all the links, lines and hierarchies – and replace them with something more distributed, a system of nodes and networks.

Blogs gave form to that spirit of decentralization: They were windows into lives you’d rarely know much about; bridges that connected different lives to each other and thereby changed them. Blogs were cafes where people exchanged diverse ideas on any and every topic you could possibly be interested in. They were Tehran’s taxicabs writ large.

Since I got out of jail, though, I’ve realized how much the hyperlink has been devalued, almost made obsolete.

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