Proxy routes to connectivity
Blocking communication channels as part of shutdowns will only push people to find alternative ways of resistance, dissent and communication: the crux of a democracy
Sometimes I wonder if going online is an action or a behaviour. Or if it’s an action that converts into a habitual behaviour, like brushing your teeth. We brush our teeth every morning but we do it as a routine, often mechanically, barely noticing we’re brushing our teeth yet it is an integral part of our day. Besides, when an action becomes a habit, it becomes difficult to live without it. Similarly, being online is a behaviour that once you get used to, it is difficult to stay disconnected. We feel frustrated when our 4G connection drops to edge. We reset our broadband within seconds if we notice a drop in speed. It is not surprising how we, who are always connected to the internet—at our homes, in our offices and at public spaces—through broadband internet, mobile internet and even public Wi-Fi system, take connectivity for granted and often don’t realize how dependent we are on it. We expect internet to be available to us at all times, in all spaces.