If you think that paranoia is just for “crazy” people, think again. In today’s world there is more paranoia than ever before. Taking a moment to define paranoia, in layman’s terms it means the basically the belief that someone is “out to get you”. Wikipedia defines it as “Paranoia is a thought process heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs concerning a perceived threat towards oneself“.
Before you go assuming that anyone who is paranoid is crazy or delusional, bear in mind an old saying, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone isn’t out to get you.” -anonymous
It seems that the number of things that people have to be worried or fearful about have been growing a lot, especially in the last ten to fifteen years or so. Everything from international terrorism to whether or not the new guy on the block is some kind of predator.
There’s also the growing and I think more than a little justified paranoia concerning privacy. Not only does it seem that there are more and more security cameras watching our every move but there are so many other things from RFID chips in so many products to more phishing scams than you can shake a stick at from people trying to steal everything that isn’t nailed down.
One of the biggest victims is our privacy. It is fast reaching the point where it’s *almost* impossible to express your opinions about something without having to worry about some lawyer coming after you.
That, among many other things, is why Freenet is needed now more than ever. By publishing something anonymously within freenet you can have your say about anything, expose fraud or other “evil intentions and actions” by an employer, corporation or government.
Honestly though, you don’t need reasons like those to use Freenet, all you really need is that you believe in freedom of speech, the right that we all have to express ourselves without fear of censorship. And if you don’t think that censorship is becoming more and more of a problem take a look around and you’ll see signs of it all over the place.
Like for example, in recent years there have been more and more anonymous bloggers trying to get the truth out about something only to have their anonymity stripped away by a court order and then not only are they exposed to legal trouble and other hassles that they shouldn’t have but their message is usually lost as the blogs that they thought were anonymous get shut down and their message silenced.
By publishing in freenet, not only is the author 100% anonymous (as long as they’re careful about identifying details) but what they write cannot be taken down. Instead other freenet users around the world can republish it all over the regular internet from many different jurisdictions, making for a message that is a LOT harder to silence.
So, if you believe in freedom of speech, why not check out Freenet and contribute something to it. The software is free, all it will cost you is a little bit of time.
[tags]freedom of speech, censorship, anonymous publishing, anonymous blogging, anonymous blogger, anonymous, anonymous internet, takedown notice, whistleblower[/tags]