In Turkey, where -almost everyone- reading this has experienced a period of coup, it is not yet possible to claim that freedoms are suppressed and applicable. However, looking at the current context, totalitarian regimes created through coup methods seem to be detached from reality. The most significant factor enabling this is quite familiar.
Those who have witnessed or researched any coup period know that the key point of making a coup in the past was the takeover of communication tools by the coup team. The most common and easy communication channel, television and radio, was controlled by seizing a single building. When the already limited number of newspapers was occupied, the process was completed. In the latest and postmodern coup, the media was again brought under control – this time through different methods – and mass propaganda methods were used to make the public accept the situation. Nowadays, we are living in a very different world.
With the widespread use of the Internet and the acceleration and proliferation of information sharing with evolving services, anyone can access the details of any event on the world within minutes. The internet, which entered homes first and then everyone’s pocket with mobile devices, is now a powerful communication channel. With countries that were deprived of this slowly joining the process, phenomena such as the spread of social sciences and their transformation into actions, which we have seen examples of in the Middle East, are becoming more common.
So, as closed societies that want to keep the public under control slowly turn into open societies, how will the authorities cope with this? This is a question that every state, from the largest to the smallest, has been pondering. Unlike other communication channels, the internet, with its distributed technology and infrastructure that is difficult to block, stands as the biggest obstacle to those who want to control the flow of information and mass manipulation. It is clear that they cannot cope with traditional methods. When you look at what they need to do to overcome this, you can understand what I mean:
They can cut the cables:
If they try to cut the underwater fiber optic cables, they will have to deal with a considerable number of lines from oceans to inland seas. This seems impossible in terms of time and cost.
They can raid data centers:
To do this, they need to seize thousands of data centers hosting service providers in the U.S. alone. Completing these would take years.
They can sink repair ships:
If they try to hinder the ships in fleets rented to repair damaged cables in oceans and seas, the internet may slow down a bit 😉
They can take over ICANN:
Taking over this organization, which has global control authority over IP addresses, would only allow them to redirect traffic, but it would not be enough to stop the internet.
They can work for natural methods:
Scenarios like triggering earthquakes underground or training sharks to sabotage cables are currently just discussions about your sanity.
The meaninglessness of the options is evident. When you look at this picture, you must acknowledge that humanity has made a tremendous invention to develop itself, liberate itself, and prevent its thoughts from being suppressed. Nevertheless, all states, large and small, are doing their best to keep this power under control. Some are making efforts – just like we do – to develop filter systems, and some are trying to create their propaganda systems using the internet and allocating incredible budgets for them.
Do you realize how powerful this wonderful system, where billions of different voices, views, and actions harmoniously create a spectrum of colors, is becoming more significant, developing, and widespread every day, despite all efforts? Do you realize the power of this amazing system that you spend hours on every day without even noticing?