The Dark Web is antithetical to the idea of the National Intranet. To understand why, it is important to realize the most fundamental problem about the discussion itself. So much of the discussion continues to be framed on a conceivable moral plane in terms of an Absolute Good and an Absolute Evil. When the debate is not revolving around the facilitation of cybercrime, the other aspect concerns the need for privacy in the digital realm. Liberal Capitalist regimes have found the digital realm to be a Panopticon because of how the World Wide Web (WWW) was originally conceptualized from the ground up. The WWW could enable them as well as everyone else to monitor and intercept the communications of others and use that information to their own advantage.
For anyone who is not fond of Neoliberalism, being against the Panopticon should be a considered as opposition to Neoliberalism. People within the digital realm are supposed to maintain their privacy in the same way that they normally would in the Real World. But one cannot deny that the same anonymity can be used maliciously. Basically, the Dark Web is far from being the most ideal place to promoting the Freedom of Conscience. It would be better if some nation establishes its own National Intranet and allows its Totality to be anonymous, yet identifiable.
“Anonymous, yet identifiable.” What is that supposed to mean? To put it another way, the individual Selves within the Totality should be allowed to exercise their Freedom of Conscience without fear of reprisal. Not all “Social Gadflies” are going to be brave enough to express themselves in a blunt, straightforward and direct manner. Some would prefer to maintain a credible degree of distance between themselves and whatever statements they make in the digital realm.
The arrangement, as I had outlined in my previous Treatises, is that in return for letting the State control the digital infrastructure of the National Intranet, the Totality must ensure that the State upholds its Constitutional Obligation of promoting the Freedom of Conscience on the National Intranet. When somebody logs on to the National Intranet, one will immediately discover that the real identity of another Self is hidden behind online handles. Nobody will learn their real identity without getting to know them personally in the Real World. The obvious exception of that rule is whenever somebody else receives a high enough Social Rank or be conferred with a certain number of awards and decorations that anonymity in the digital realm becomes impossible.
In essence, neither the Totality nor the State should be aware of someone’s identity on the digital realm until that Self decides to reveal themselves. Of course, there will be personal information kept hidden, but there are certain things that just cannot be ignored, and both the Totality and the State have Legal Duties and Rights to know. We still need to know someone’s contributions to the Life-Energy Reserve, whatever Taxes they paid to the State, how much they receive from the State as Income, and any Personal Properties that they happen to own in the digital realm. The distinction between Productive and Personal Properties-as-Power also exists on the National Intranet as it does offline.
Barring information that the State, Totality, and Self must disclose regardless, when does it become necessary for the State to reveal somebody’s identity? Criminal activities and subversive intelligence activities do not deserve anonymity. The Totality and the State should be aware about cybercrimes committed with malware and the surveillance of their activities by foreign intelligence services. The Judiciary must issue a Warrant to allow the State and Totality to reveal someone’s identity.
To ensure that the State and Totality do not violate their Legal Duties and Constitutional Obligations, the National Intranet should come with cyberdefense capabilities that automatically expose someone’s identity if they attempted to access sensitive information deemed Personal Properties offline. Through Blockcycle Technology, the State and Totality will know exactly where, when, and how somebody accessed sensitive information.
If the National Intranet comes with built-in features capable of rendering the Dark Web redundant, what other purposes would there be for it? There are two possibilities: either to promote the interests of the Jeffersonians’ Empire of Liberty or to leave a digital monument to what the WWW was like in its infancy. The latter is far more innocent than the former and thus warrants some further inquiry.
Contrary to what people often led to believe, information on the WWW is not guaranteed to last. If said information in the digital realm is eternal, why are entire websites from the early years of the WWW disappearing?
- The authors of that information were unable to keep adequate backups.
- The information was destroyed, stolen or corrupted by malware.
- The website domain hosting the information expired and was never renewed.
- The authors never saved or earned enough Kapital to keep the information available for anyone to access.
- Natural disasters and elimination by government actions.
- Acquisitions and mergers of the privatized commercial firms running and operating the websites, servers, computer systems and networks.
These may seem like mundane reasons, but only the first and second are phenomena exclusive to the digital realm. The other four originate from outside the digital realm and could be mitigated or resolved by the Work-Standard and National Intranet in conjunction with Blockcycle Technology.
Under the Work-Standard, website domains in the National Intranet are treated similarly to land and buildings in the Real World. The Totality technically owns them through the Council State until they are purchased by someone. When that happens, ownership is transferred from the Council State to the Self. The distinctions between Productive Property and Personal Property begins at that point. The upkeep costs of maintaining the servers and websites are paid for by the Self.
The Council State is expected to run and operate special archival services, enabling anyone to store their information there. Absent a Search Warrant from the Judiciary, the Council State will never be able to access that information without the Totality and the Self by extension knowing. This goes back to that special arrangement I mentioned earlier regarding Blockcycle Technology.
Websites, servers, computer systems and networks as well as Intranet Service Providers and Internet Cafes are all governed by the Social Forums as part of a functioning Council Democracy. The Social Forum is connected to the Economic Planners and the State Commissariats, who are there to oversee the LERE Process. The same rules which govern Enterprises of the National and Student Tournaments must also apply to their digital equivalents.
By contrast, on the WWW, no information is guaranteed to last. The Dark Web could be seen in this context as a monument to the WWW’s infancy. In essence, a place where anyone could upload and store information for others and express themselves in the digital realm while everything else on the Clear Web continues to look increasingly bland and boring. We live in a Real World where “Social Media” employs mass surveillance on a Production for Profit basis and where information is rapidly becoming a so-called “Commodity” in which the distinctions between personal privacy and national sovereignty are being threatened to disappear. We also live in a digital realm where entire online communities once sustained by websites and servers are dying out. In Neoliberalism, the search for interpersonal community coincides with a likewise search for personal authenticity.
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