The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.In his article "Pornography, gambling, lies, theft and terrorism: The Internet sucks" in the October issue of Macleans magazine, writer Steve Maich derided the Internet for, well, all the reasons in the title of the article, as well as for his contention that the Web "has produced precious little that is really new. Just about everything that’s accessible through the Web was available through other means before."  Assuming his argument is valid, what would Maich think of the Internet if it gave access to information that wasn’t previously available? For people living in countries where the media is suppressed, Psiphon – the new censor-busting software from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab (see story p. 3-4) – does just that. By hosting a Psiphon server anyone living in a free, democratic society can provide unfettered Internet access to residents of China, Iran, Myanmar or any of the more than 40 countries that censor Web traffic bound for their citizens’ computers. Although this could include access to undesirable material, it could also provide information on human rights, democracy and other cultures. It provides alternative views to totalitarian propaganda and, as CIPPIC’s David Fewer says, enhances fundamental liberties. Instead of rolling in the tanks to ‘liberate’ these countries, Psiphon will help educate populations about the world beyond their borders. While it’s true that much of what is made today merely replicates existing technologies here, they could be found to have greater significance in other parts of the world. Maich poses the question, "What’s the great value of a participatory marketplace of mass speech if so few have anything to say that’s worth buying?" The answer: sometimes, there are things too important to be defined in monetary terms.