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QuestionHow can the Internet as a global informational tool that criss-crosses entire continents, serve to enhance our own communities? mSTELMACKER
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Constantin von Barloewen: […] I am thinking of Birma, I am thinking of China, I am thinking of some dictatorships in Africa. There, the internet can turn into a democratically subversive force and can really be used as an information medium, this is unquestionable. It can also be used as an information medium in education, in university education, in school education, this is unquestionable. On the other hand technology is never neutral, technology has to be acculturated, the internet has to be acculturated and if it is used in cultures that have not yet reached the same level of civilization as the states of the first world, in Africa, in Latin America, it can lead to the isolation of people that cannot combine this alienation with their own culture. They come into conflict with values, with moral values that do not fit in with their cultural traditions, in this context they are culturally beheaded. This is a great danger. The internet can build up constructively, but it can as well destroy identity. I am thinking of the Maputschi-Indians, I have mentioned this before, or of other Indian groups in Latin America, the Guarani-Indians in Paraguay, they did not want internet, even though Microsoft wanted to provide them with a free internet access, this was also the case in Bolivia, because they were scared to lose their archaic cultural traditions, their authenticity, their indigenous forms, their own idea of time, and they did not want internet, they did not want to confront the English language, this should also be considered. Technology is not only […]