CartaCapital magazine, published here in São Paulo, is out with its new issue and its online poll of the week:
Você acha que a internet pode ser controlada?
"Can the Internet be controlled?"
The poll is running about 75% "no" at the moment.
But this is the wrong question.
Carta Capital has fallen into the trap of knee-jerk libertarianism here, I think — a Manichean allegory of "control" versus "freedom" in which we forget to ask "controlled by whom?"
The question is, can the Internet be governed?
And governed democratically, rather than misgoverned by the Lords of Misrule — predatory private interests that consider themselves above the democratic rule of law?
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