Comments: Peace and the Internet

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Liara Covert     11/10/04
A diplomatic point of view
John Helie makes insightful comments about a very complex topic. I tend to think that having access to information and education can develop a peaceful mindset within each person, depending on the other conditioning, cultural baggage and outside influences. And yet, we should also recall that incentives for conflict include greed and power as much as lack of information or access to it. Knowledge, how it is used, or exploited for self-interest, is also power. I invite readers to consider how the internet has affected the leaders who draft treaties meant to to cease hostilities; how the internet has affected the state of public fear and anxiety of local, regional and trans-border problems; how the internet has influenced harmonious relations among states, companies, schools, organisations and individuals; how the internet promotes mediation, dialogue and freedom or resolution from disputes; and how it influences information conflict and warfare as well as promotes a level of information-sharing, peace and general security. We shouldn't forget that many individuals, entities and countries, involved in serious conflicts have no internet access and that rich and powerful countries control information flow.

John Helie     12/24/02
Using tools
The Internet is a tool, how we use it reflects our humanity. John

Nick Dennany, Kalamazoo MI     12/05/02
Peace and the Internet
Very insightful piece by John Helie. The instantaniety of the Internet sometimes seems to result in reactionary spontaneity for all the reasons cited by Mr. Helie but, hopefully, calm and deliberative processes can eventually prevail as we mature in our understanding and use of it.