10 Most Influential Internet Moments That Got Left Out by Webby

Webby, just like everywhere else on the net, got into the “top of the decade” craze and released their own list of the top ten most influential Internet moments of the last decade stretching from 2000-2009. They covered Craig’s list expansion outside San Francisco in year 2000, Wikipedia and Facebook’s launch as well as Obama’s campaign. Go ahead, give it a read.

Webby Top of the Decade

Webby Top of the Decade

Now, that is a great list but for something as life changing as the internet, especially in the last decade where it became an integral part of everyone’s life, we at the Thoughtpick blog felt there are some items that fell through the cracks. The following is our own version of what we think got left out by Webby’s list:

1. The rise of Blogging

Everyone has a story to tell, and there has never been an easier way to share yours. Blogging allowed everyone to circumvent the public and reach their audience directly and for free. They went even beyond that when they became a reliable and valuable source of information and news.

File-sharing is coming to an end! ACTA Copyright Treaty Secrets [video]

Secretly and behind closed doors, the United States and several European countries are working on drafting a new copyright trade agreement which, among other things, will try to tackle the issue of illegal file sharing by compromising your right to privacy.

The agreement will allow law enforcement agents and custom officers to have the right to search, copy and confiscate any information that infringes against copyrighted material. It will also adopt a three strike rule; if someone commits 3 copyright infringements, their ISP is liable and responsible for cutting their internet connection. In order for the ISP’s to do that, they will have to annul the privacy of your communications and inspect every communication that you carry on their network.

How do you feel about this agreement? If stopped by a customs agent asking to search your laptop will you comply? Or even better will you be in trouble? Let us hear your thoughts.

Law & Lawsuits: Legal Systems Limiting Freedom on the Internet!

The small laws, the big laws, the rightful laws, the new laws, the old laws and so on; the wide list of law descriptive terms is endless! Yet, when it comes to freedom, especially over a loose medium such as the Internet, there is but one question one should ask: Are the laws unlawfully limiting the freedom of individuals using the Internet?

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