Building a Cyber Bridge to Peace
By: Cindy Baker and Harry "IV" Ashton
A new advertisement by a major telecommunications
company compares the Internet to Utopia. Through the Internet, the ad claims
racial, ethnic, gender and physical differences are obliterated. It doesn't
matter if you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, black, white, male, female,
deaf, blind or paralyzedthose twisted fiber optic cables can't see
and don't care.
The ad may overstate the power of the World Wide Web, but the information
superhighway can cut across boundaries and barriers. In an increasingly
interdependent world, instant access to information can make the difference
between security or peril, growth or collapse, war or peace, and understanding
rather than ignorance. The Internet then becomes a positive instrument bringing
disparate people together for a common good.