Are We Sovereign?

Social Networking Platforms and the Control over Information

11 December 2019

Freedom without restrictions on the net threatens democracy. Despite this, few people in Poland are worried about online disinformation.

The latest ‘Cyber Security Strategy of the Republic of Poland for the years 2019-2024’ mentioned disinformation on the web only once. Two sentences are devoted to defence against disinformation and manipulative actions, in one of the numerous specific objectives. At the same time, it was noted that the Polish government thinks that ‘a free and open Internet is an important element in the functioning of modern society’.

It is true that we need a free Internet, but it cannot mean arbitrariness and anarchy. We need clearly defined rules of using the Internet and system thinking about information space. Without them, we are, also as a state, fully dependent on the ways in which the networks can be used by others.

It is not about restricting freedom of expression. If it is possible to lay down rules in the legal codes for using this freedom in such a way that it does not affect the rights of other people, it is all the more possible to lay down rules for using the networks that will increase the security of users, while at the same time ensuring freedom of expression for them. This is also necessary to protect democracy.

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Anna Mierzyńska

Image consultant, public sector marketing specialist. She runs a blog on image, social media and social phenomena on the Internet.

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