I have just found an excellent comment about internet privacy:
The internet has to be the most liberating technology in the entirety of human history. Never before could we disseminate information with such speed and with such quantity. This post is already a great example. Important information has been presented to the minds of dozens (as of this writing) of people instantaneously.
Don't anthropomorphize the internet; it is not a person, it's not the thing that makes people stupid, or angry or spiteful, or happy. It's the people that use it, that embrace it, that engage in it that shape how we react to and use the internet. The internet is a tool, albeit a complex and powerful tool, but a tool nonetheless.
Just as you shouldn't personalize the internet, don't depersonalize governments. Governments are made of people, irrational, emotional, and often self-serving people.
Do not let the irrational people with their own emotions, irrational thinking, and personal interests dictate how you use this tool. If I walked into your house and tried to take away your toolbox and said 'you can't be trusted with this', would you let me take it? Why the hell would you be any less trustworthy with it than I would if I took it from you indiscriminately? If I wore a government badge, would that make it more justified?
Just like you wouldn't let me in your house to take the tools away that better your life, don't let other people, whether they wear government badges or not, do the same thing. Easier said than done, but I think some, if not most people, need to change their perspective on the situation in order to defend ourselves from tyranny.
Make no mistake about it, any person and or any group of people (whether they wear badges or not) that wants to stifle tools of communication, of learning, of dissemination of information, is not doing it to help you.