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Examine the benefits of an open internet for global connectivity, information access, and the promotion of democratic values. State your opinion on net neutrality and its importance of maintaining an open and free internet as a fundamental aspect of modern society.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

4.  Examine the benefits of an open internet for global connectivity, information access, and the promotion of democratic values. State your opinion on net neutrality and its importance of maintaining an open and free internet as a fundamental aspect of modern society.  (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

With fair share discussion gaining traction in the EU and Brazil, telcos in India have again started demanding a fee from OTTs.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the importance of an open and free internet, elucidating its positive impact on global communication, access to information, and the advancement of democratic ideals.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining net neutrality.

Body:

First, highlight the Advantages of an Open and Free Internet – free internet facilitates the free flow of information, knowledge, and cultural exchanges, contributing to global progress and understanding etc.

Next, write about the challenges and concerns related to an open and free internet, such as misinformation, cybersecurity threats, and data privacy.

Next, write about role of governments, international organizations, and tech companies in ensuring internet freedom etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced opinion on net neutrality.