"A 30-second call using Skype in Ethiopia can land you a 15-year prison sentence, thanks to new legislation passed by the country’s government. The new legislation will criminalize the use of all Voice Over IP (VoIP) services, such as Skype or Google Voice, from within the country, according to an Al Jazeera report. The legislation, which was voted into law last month with little notice from international media, seems to close a loophole that was allowing some of its citizens to communicate without being monitored by authorities."
Unplugging may feel like the most obvious way to access these experiences of intimacy and quiet in a noisy digital world, but the very fact that it’s so obvious should make us suspicious. As usual, we’re going for the quick fix: the binary solution that lets us avoid the much more complicated challenge of figuring out how to live online. It’s easier to imagine flipping the off switch than to engage with and work through the various human failings that the Internet has brought to the fore.