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Internet and liberalism
Today, almost every internet user in the world knows that everything they do on the internet is watched by governmental agencies. It helps in the prevention of crimes, safeguarding democratically elected governments, and in the case of non-democracies helps in maintaining the power of dictatorial authorities, as in George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984, published in 1945.

In Orwell's book, people are watched by the "Big Brother" through hi-tech devices and through "telescreens" in homes. There are human spies who monitor potential rebels. Little children are also brainwashed into spying on their own parents and elders. Suspicious people are identified, lured into joining a pseudo-rebel organisation run by "the Party" in order to nip uprisings in the bud. The people who join the "rebels" are made to swear oaths to promote all sorts of crimes. Then they are arrested and the identity of the mysterious rebels is revealed to be that of the workers of the Party. Finally, those who have been arrested would be tortured, either for correction or for execution. The Party in the novel can never be overthrown.

Of course, no one would be happy if the world presented in 1984 ever becomes a reality at some point in this 21st century. But there will come a time when not only governments, but even common people would gain the ability to access the data of every other individual on the internet. We can see this happening on social networking sites. But common people are usually conditioned by etiquette to respect the privacy of others. However, soon enough, there will come a time when social networking can create mutual understanding between people.

All new technological advances in this decade point to this future. All sorts of crime ? including cybercrime ? committed against innocent people would be reduced. Criminals in the future would be collectively punished by the society and good people would be more honest about their lives and their opinions. Internet will surely play a role in creating a true global Republic. This would be the ultimate triumph of liberalism.

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