“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein
Throughout history, human beings have been guilty of solving problems by enforcing all-encompassing strategies that produce collateral damage. Sovereign nations defeat their detractors by going to war, killing and destroying innocent victims in the process. Dictatorial leaders are ousted through force by the masses, unmindful of the constitutional crisis that an unlawful ouster creates. Rebel groups are dismantled by keeping them in isolation, making the children of these rebels incapable of living a decent life with adequate education and making these children grow up as rebels themselves. Such is the level of creativity that is fostered when anger and greed take over one’s thinking – decisions are made at the spur of the moment without adequate introspection and discernment of the possible consequences.
In the treatment of cancer, collateral damage to healthy cells occur as a consequence of the killing action of drugs and radiation. In an attempt to eliminate the non-compliant cancer cells that divide unimpeded, something akin to a nuclear bomb is detonated into the affected area of the body. Unfortunately, this aggressive treatment leads to the well-known side effects of cancer management – loss of appetite and vomiting due to the destruction of fast-dividing gastrointestinal cells, falling hair secondary to the inhibition of cell division in the hair follicles, and anemia secondary to lysis of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Yes, we eliminate the problem, but we have to address the resulting complications.
The cybercrime bill, recently enacted into law, is no different. To curtail the freedom of information that is inherent in the far-reaching platform of the worldwide web, governments are hard-pressed to impose limitations on the erring few. As an aftermath, responsible writers and information seekers are stymied in their attempt to maximize the internet’s benefits. This situation is not something new or unexpected. How many times have lives been risked in order to corner a hostage taker? Who were the true victims of the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the world trade center? What has happened to Libya after it ousted its oppressive leader? Every attempt to correct a problem or a wrongdoing is linked to a repercussion that presents new, more challenging difficulties.
Must we fight the cybercrime law? Must be continually rant, rally, and raise hell about it so that the powers-that-be would listen and recant their perceived misdeeds? Maybe we need to approach the problem differently. A more creative and in-depth strategy to defeat cybercriminals and cyberbullies must be presented by those who believe that the cybercrime law limits freedom of expression. It is up to the netizens to start thinking rationally to make valid suggestions that will pinpoint the wrongdoers and spare the innocent. But it must be done with the kind of thinking that is free of angst and hate. History has taught us the mistakes of acting based on emotions. It is time for everyone to pull together and work for a more positive and constructive internet content.
We owe it to our children and for the future of the human race.
- Cybercrime is One of the Greatest Challenges the World Faces, Says Government Man (gizmodo.co.uk)
- Cybercrime never easier – Hague (bbc.co.uk)