Horgan: Do you think the potential of the Internet to foster freedom outweighs its potential to enable oppression?

Russell: My goodness, I hope so! But let’s remember: like all technologies, the Internet is a tool that humans created and use. It doesn’t exist outside of human societies. So, your real question is: "Does the potential of humanity to foster freedom outweigh its potential to enable oppression?"

-- debunking the myth of a hippie-created Internet: Andrew Russell