Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World-Wide Web, seems to have a plan, via the teaching of so-called Web Science at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, to combat what he calls "bad phenomena" on the Web. I have asked him to send me the full text of his speech, but I have had no reply so far. Here is one report of his views: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/bizfocus/archives/2006/11/05/2003334970 .
Here are the current or potential "bad phenomena" which he mentions, according to that news report:
"We're not going to be trying to make a Web that will be better for people who vote in a particular way, or better for people who think like we do," he said. "The really important thing about the Web, which will continue through any future technology, is that it is a universal space."
And he also said, apparently, that the next generation of the Internet needs to be able to reassure users that they can establish the original source of the information they digest.
However, there are some serious problems raised by this plan of his:
For an example of media reactions to freedom of speech in the bloggosphere, see Democracy Frightens the Left.
The internet has liberated men and fathers to some extent from the oppression and censorship they suffer at the hands of the totalitarian-liberal (politically correct) media and education system. This has left the politically correct Establishment with the problem of how to counter this undesirable freedom of expression. One approach was to try to teach people that only certain websites (the politically correct ones) were "authoritative" or "reliable", but this approach does not seem to have had enough success. Now something that may be a new censorship tool has emerged.