Surely situation in the country (and to base their

     Surely the most direct and influential benefit of the Internet is that it allowed fast and convenient access to virtually any kind of information. A special emphasis can be put on news, which help people to stay informed about the current situation in the country (and to base their political views on the information they get in a timely manner). Put shortly, prompt access to information and transparency is a prerequisite of democracy. Another important aspect is the wealth of educational content which became available online and the relatively recent phenomenon of MOOCs (on platforms like Coursera and edX), which provide free access to qualitative educational material for everyone. Internet calls (Skype, Viber) have provided a free substitute for national and expensive international calls helping to connect billions of people and businesses worldwide. The same is true about social networks. Internet shopping (through platforms like Ebay and Aliexpress) has liberalized the act of selling/ purchasing, making it more convenient but also helping to eliminate lots of intermediaries, often allowing the possibility to purchase goods from the original manufacturer/owner (which ultimately results in lower prices for the consumer). Internet is also at the core of e-governance, which allows many services to be accessed transparently, more conveniently, and often remotely. In countries with endemic corruption this is also a way to replace the human factor with smart software platforms, limiting the potential for bribery. Last but not least, Internet has provided access to unlimited entertainment content (also taking cross-cultural exchange to an entirely new level).    All these benefits, however, came at a price. There is increasing concern that the Internet (combined with the entire spectrum of smart computational devices) is disrupting our healthy way of socializing as well as our traditional lifestyle and tends to consume too much of our time. In social media, there is the risk that real activism/volunteering is often being replaced with worthless manifests that can reach many people but have a minimal impact in real life (slacktivism). Finally, the greatest deception perceived nowadays is that Internet has been a perfect platform for fake experts, conspiracy theorists, and fake news reporters (or even systemic propagandists) to promote their ideas with little scrutiny and censorship and to misinform millions of followers (with all consequences that derive from here). This entire situation has led to the term of “post-truth” being designated as the word of the year in 2016 by Oxford Dictionaries, denoting a state when truth is buried in a pile of falsehood. Part of the reason why all this became possible is that the primary target of many content providers is the number of views rather than the quality of the content since it is the former that can be easier monetized (by placing publicity and being paid according to the number of visitors). In order to control all these negative aspects, we might need to redefine core concepts about how Internet and particularly search engines and social media function.