We  are  the  good  and  evil  Internet   The  social  web's  other  side  is  its  opposite  and

 involves  isolation  and   loneliness.   May  02,  2011,  4:04  PM     By  Ricardo  Murer   B.S.  in  Computer  Science  (USP)  and  Master's  Degree  in  Communications  (USP).   Specialist  in  digital  strategy  and  new  technologies.   Follow@rdmurer   Many  questions  remain  unanswered  almost  a  month  after  the  coward  massacre  at   Tasso  da  Silveira  Municipal  School  in  Realengo.    Besides  the  social  and  psychological   factors,  it  is  a  fact  that  the  Internet  played  its  role  in  planning  of  the  crime,  the   development  of  a  religious  pseudo-­‐apocalyptic  thinking,  and  in  the  videos  and  texts   recorded  by  the  murderer  for  his  post  mortem  justification  (or  fame).       Even  sadder  is  the  similarity  of  this  story  we  revisit  with  other  events  such  as:   Blacksburg,  USA,  2007;  Columbine  High  School,  USA,  1999;  Dunblane,  Scotland,  1996   and  many  others.     A  new  generation  of  assassins  is  making  use  of  the  digital  media  to  support  their  acts   in  what  would  be  some  sort  of  copy-­‐and-­‐paste  of  evil.  Are  they  making  use  of  the   black  side  of  the  virtual  world,  an  immaterial,  undefined,  ungoverned  entity?     Unfortunately,  the  answer  is  no.  The  Internet  of  good  and  evil  is  us,  ever  more  active   in  it  as  authors,  consumers  and  content  distributors.  Unbound,  unscaled,   uncensored.  Today's  digital  world  needs  no  intermediaries.     The  social  web's  alternate  side  is  exactly  its  opposite  and  involves  isolation,   loneliness,  overnights  browsing  websites,  watching  videos  and  texting  in  chat  rooms   of  dubious  content.  One  finds  two  virtual  aspects  from  this  scenario  that  boosts  the   psychopathic  personality  and  assists  the  individual  seeking  to  commit  a  crime  or   murder  to  his  way:   1.  Search,  Find,  Learn   Search  engines  are  robots  incapable  of  reading  a  text,  assess  a  video  or  follow  the   development  of  a  chat  room's  topic.  One  obtains  access  to  read  holy  books  as  well  as   racists  texts  from  fanatic  leaders.  YouTube  teaches  us  to  bake  bread  as  well  as  to  use   firearms.  Unclassified  or  unrestricted  access  to  content  repositories  is  part  of  the   cyberculture;   2.  Produce,  Publish  and  Share   Have  you  ever  tried  to  have  your  text  published  in  a  major  publication?  A  book?  It  is   not  easy.    In  traditional  publications  every  text,  video  or  photo  is  evaluated  by  an   editor  specialized  on  the  subject  before  being  published.  One  of  the  key     1  

characteristics  of  the  web  2.0  is  its  capacity  to  provide  free-­‐of-­‐charge  tools  to  publish   and  distribute  anyone's  content  to  anyone  at  any  time.  In  the  digital  cloud  a   murderer  can  post  a  video  showing  his  criminal  act  just  as  a  nun  can  recite  her   morning  prayer.     We  should  not  censor  cyberspace's  social  activities  but  use  the  technology  to  build   smarter  and  more  proactive  tools  that  can  select,  sort  and  inform  the  authorities  of   crimes  in  advance.     Unfortunately,  like  the  minds  and  hearts  of  people,  Cyberspace  holds  more  than  it   reveals.    

 

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