Using the internet for gainful purposes
How Pakistanis can benefit from modern tools to build their future…
The internet is a unique and powerful tool.
Though it has been in existence for nearly 40 years, its full capabilities still aren’t completely known yet.
Only about 10% – 20% of the entire internet is available to the general public at any given time.
And that’s talking about social media, search engines, and other informational websites like this one – combined!
The rest of the internet is known as the ‘deep web’, a place where human ingenuity has not yet fully developed.
There are methods that are being developed now or are in a commercial phase that can accelerate human growth on levels never before seen.
Human growth is something very interesting, and we’ve reserved that topic for another time.
But since it’s very much correlated with how effectively we use our tools, it’s important to mention its effects here.
Rise of the information age
We’ve already seen how the internet has worked wonders for people who had something to share and they did so.
For example, people on websites like YouTube can pursue creativity via means of making and editing videos and information products.
Similarly, we see that intelligence agency people like Edward Snowden were able to reveal some horrifying secrets of the NSA to the world.
Much farther apart, we see people from various spectra of life that come together and make wonderful content and share it via their own servers or websites.
Search engines such as Google have made lives much easier for anyone who’s looking for information on just about anything.
Search results can vary from a sleuth of intricate storytelling to “how to” videos to investigative journalism.
A lot of this had to do with the human need and curiosity to know things that others quite possibly don’t know or don’t bother to find out.
You can also find recipes for any dish you like all in a matter of a few milliseconds.
To think that we couldn’t do this just 18 years ago is almost unfathomable to us in the 21st century.
Humanity has changed the world yet again with its ingenuity and the quest to know more about the world around it.
Why becoming a consumer can benefit Pakistanis in the short-term
While it is true that consumerism is one of the very ills of the current societal anathemas.
It does have its benefits, just like any other thing that exists in this world.
For instance, just as alcohol can intoxicate and kill, it can also detoxify wounds and help prevent many diseases.
Consumerism is something we don’t encourage nor do we believe in the consumerist ideologies.
Trampling another human being to get in on the newest model of a Sony 52′ plasma TV isn’t very high on our “to do” list.
However, we would reconsider our beliefs in the case of the internet and its uses.
The internet is a wonderful tool for learning and sharpening one’s skill.
It’s not necessarily the best place to meet the love of your life, but it most certainly is the place to acquire quality knowledge at the fraction of the cost that was required a mere 15 years ago.
Things go viral and popular often based on the quality of their content and how they interact with their intended audience.
Similarly, the content producers and as well as internet service providers have gotten together to solve the problem of providing genuine, and trustworthy content and services to their clients.
Likewise, a lot of improvements in the field of medicine, engineering, law and jurisprudence, and other technological advancements has occurred in a short span of just 25 years.
The internet isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to well-roundedness…it does have some major flaws associated with it.
But to relegate this modern tool to the back of our minds is completely absurd.
When any average person can be using this tool to better their lives and those of their loved ones by creating more wealth for themselves and getting better at it in the long run.
With this idea in mind, we strongly encourage (and urge) the Pakistani citizenry to vote with their wallets and force some administrative changes in the way that Pakistani telecommunication authorities behave currently.
Your Rupee is precious to you, so please use it wisely in investing it in things that give you value and help you become better at what you already like to do.
You will have to demand that Pakistani power service providers give you 24/7 electricity and other resources relative to how fast they can manufacture such things.
Citizens can partake in mini-projects of their own by establishing companies that provide power to a majority of the households 24/7 in their area.
Only the citizens have the power and the Rupees to force the direction of the government and its institutions to listen to its problems.
If the internet is banned in Pakistan, it would lose out on a major source of income that has become almost vital to our survival in the 21st century.
The ways of doing things the old way are pretty much gone or have become redundant.
A bakery cannot operate without some online presence…its customers now demand reviews and menu items be listed on sites like Google, Yelp, YouTube, and even FaceBook.
It’s becoming critically challenging for the Pakistanis to keep up with the developed nations precisely because citizens are not demanding more from their internet service providers (or better known as ISPs).
These service providers depend heavily on your Rupee to survive, if you simply go to their competitor (who hopefully has better service and treats you much better) they’ll naturally collapse on their own.
Their business model would have to change from that of exploitative to value-based.
In order to have this sort of democratic power over its institutions, the citizens must display mild characteristics of a consumerist society.
High-speed internet options and wireless communication devices
Wireless communication and internet go hand in hand.
Wireless devices transmit and capture information that the internet broadcasts over its vast channels.
While it is true that in order for the internet to work there has to be a vast network of fiber optic cable available, it’s just as important (if not more) to allow smooth and uninterrupted wireless services over it.
Wireless communications is an entirely different beast, and hence we won’t go much further about its capabilities in this post.
Since the very first year of the 21st century, we have some aspects of the internet that have changed dramatically.
The technology to transmit and receive data has become infinitely more superior to what it was back then (in the year 2000).
With this kind of advancement, many countries from around the world (especially Germany) have undertaken steps to provide uninterrupted internet to their citizens.
We’re going to list a few of these methods here so you too can understand how you can contribute towards building a stronger presence of the internet in Pakistan:
1) Fiber optic cable
Fiber optic cable has increased the data carrying capacity of many internet service providers around the globe.
Some are as high as 1 GBPS in some areas of the United States and Canada, thanks to endeavors such as Google Fiber.
This has permitted light-based information transfer, which has a much higher resonance than copper wire.
Pakistani citizens can openly demand that fiber optic technology is improved upon and made standard in Pakistan.
Not doing so will keep communication poor and power (electricity) insufficient to bridge the needs’ gap.
Though this technology isn’t very new, it is still not as widespread as it should be.
The best way to have this technology reintroduced into Pakistan is through a concentrated effort of the citizens in voting with their Rupees and telling the service providers what the citizens really want.
If this becomes a crowd-funded project, a lot more can be done to sway the service providers into providing the best services along with the best customer service.
2) WiFi internet option
Though this is fairly widespread in Pakistan, this technology is not very efficient.
It requires lots of power and often is easily broken into.
Aside from common security breaches of the WiFi network, it’s highly destructive to the environment as well, since it uses radio waves to project data.
Though radio waves aren’t as deadly as, say Gamma or X-rays, they are still powerful enough to cause cancerous cells and other mutations in human bodies.
Although, this is the only option that doesn’t involve any complicated wiring at the moment, work is being done to replace it with far better methods.
Of course, the citizens themselves can study how this phenomenon works and help accelerate the technology’s advancement as they please.
Most coffee shops, restaurants and other places of interest should provide their customers with free WiFi options.
Along with local service providers for telecommunications; should also join in the venture to give free WiFi options to the maximum amount of citizens.
We’ll see some rough patches in the beginning stages, but as the system develops, citizens should be able to enjoy free WiFi in the majority areas of Pakistan.
3) LiFi internet option
This is a fairly new technology, and admittedly, more work needs to be done in order to commercialize this option.
However, this is by far the best option available in terms of wireless connections.
All the information available on the internet is directed to you via fiber optic cable, but the data delivered is through LiFi bulbs – using light.
Using light means much safer options for using the internet as well, as hacking becomes a matter of identifying who’s doing in the same room.
Since light waves cannot travel through walls as easily as radio waves can, it’s next to impossible to hack someone’s device without alerting them first.
This is upcoming technology is pretty much like the Hyperloop of Tesla Technology.
However, there needs to exist a vast infrastructure for this to become a fully operational entity.
Countries like Singapore and Germany are already working on integrating LiFi in their networking infrastructure.
Not to mention the speed of the deliverance of this mechanism – which is impeccable.
Selecting the fastest and cheapest internet service provider
“Cheapest” is not a good word, so we’ll use “affordable” more often here….
The way you select an ISP who would be motivated to give you the best internet service is by looking at the package.
If you understand what they’re providing you in the package, you need to read the service agreement before signing on with the package.
When you see that there are unsatisfactory or missing items from the checklist, you need to make sure that the customer service team hears about this.
Let them know that you will be taking your business elsewhere and telling other customers to do the same, unless the desired outcome is achieved.
This way, the Pakistani ISPs will be much more motivated to provide you the citizen with the best care possible.
Until the above-mentioned technologies can be fully implemented in Pakistan, it’s the responsibility of EVERY citizen to work towards this goal relentlessly.
There’s no nation on Earth at the moment which has excelled in technological prowess except with the help and support of the internet.
If citizens want to make sure that there’s more liquidity in the Pakistani markets and more ways to make a living for every individual citizen, then they must rally in favor of making this technology the standard of Pakistani economic and technological endeavors.
While looking for your ‘best’ internet service provider, keep in mind that every ISP will have varying packages.
Not all ISPs are equal in strength and intelligence of algorithms…
Hence, one must pay careful attention to what’s being offered and in what terms.
Reading your contract (no matter how long it takes) can be to your biggest advantage, as ISPs and other service providers depend heavily on your cash, it’s only prudent to let them know that you won’t be taken for a ride.
Every citizen must arm themselves with knowledge and understand how to do things better.
You don’t have to “improve” yourself perse, but you do have to improve the way you do things.