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DIGITAL CITIZENS’ 10 THINGS WE’RE THANKFUL FOR

Digital Citizens, Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving is upon us, so the Digital Citizens Alliance is highlighting the top 10 things we’re thankful for when it comes to a free, safe and open Internet.

  1. Sites that let us share our creative work. The Internet has made everyone a creator—whether it’s through the music, art, photography, writing, and more—and there is no shortage of sites that allow us to share our work with each other and the world.
     
  2. Social media networks that allow us to keep in touch. Twenty years ago, keeping up with long-lost friends or relatives was challenging to say the least. Now, we’re able to stay in touch more easily than ever—helping us all stay a little closer.
     
  3. Expanded educational opportunities for everyone. A free and open Internet has opened up a whole new world for millions of people looking to further their education—online, on their own time, and in whatever setting they are most comfortable.

  4. The ability to work from anywhere, anytime. The expansion and availability of the Internet has also enabled telecommuters to work from home, while they travel, or even on the go—allowing an entire generation of workers to be more productive while giving them greater flexibility.
     
  5. Bloggers and the helpful advice they share. If you have a problem, chances are, there’s a blogger out there who can solve it. From advice on digital safety to tips on preparing the best Thanksgiving feast, bloggers share their thoughts with the world.  And the world is listening. 
     
  6. Seeing parts of the world—and our universe—we couldn’t see in person. From exploring far away destinations to uncovering hidden treasures, the Internet lets us see whole new worlds we would never be able to see in person.
     
  7. The growth and opportunities available to small businesses. Countless e-commerce sites connect small businesses to a global audience, allowing them to reach more customers than ever before.
     
  8. News when it happens or as it happens. The Internet has made getting the news easier than ever before in human history. Now, when news breaks—from the first landing of a spacecraft on a comet to the latest election results—it’s online almost immediately, and in some cases while it’s still happening.  
     
  9. Crowd-funding sites that bring ideas to life. The Internet has changed the very nature of fundraising. Crowd-funding sites help entrepreneurs, artists, or everyday individuals find the resources to turn their wildest dream into reality—or help those in need.  
     
  10. Digital Citizens like you. We couldn’t have a top 10 list of things we’re thankful for without including our own members. Without your tireless work and advocacy in support of a free, open, and safe Internet, we wouldn’t be where we are today. So thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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