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Internet needs regulation, reinvention

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The internet was created using government funds with two mundane philosophies:

• 1. Only the brightest and richest should control the world.

• 2. The market is always right.

No matter who was living in the White House, the internet designers were given free rein. However, the time has come to reinvent the internet.

The internet does not inspire love and commitment to others. Social media can alter out brains with fake news and hateful comments. People talk at each other instead of with each other.

The digital world encourages cybercriminal activity, and angry mobs are increasing. WRAL recently announced North Carolina has 40 such groups.

Governments can spy on their populations. Elections could become obsolete, thereby destroying democracy.

Many movie, music, newspaper, cashier and manufacturing jobs have been eliminated. Scott Galloway wrote in his book “The Four”: “America is on pace to be home to 3 million lords and 350 million serfs.” Before everyone looses the ability to earn a decent income, big changes can be made if enough people want changes.

Internet monopolies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon are the problem. I feel many internet designers did not value democracy. These monopolies are powerful, unaccountable and untouchable: terrible!

Accessing information is important, but citizens need to share information with friends without being tracked and monitored. In addition, all industries and corporations need a sustainable future, not just Facebook, Google and Amazon.

By the way, the world seems to be going mad. Why is this happening? Technology is not the solution to what it means to be human. Life should revolve around work, kindness and renewal.

In the upcoming election, the No. 1 issue must be fixing the security, privacy and economic inequality of the internet. Also, truth must be protected — very important.

The Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission should step up to the challenge. And, so should every U.S. citizen.

Lois Wellons

Wilson

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