When I see this graph, I cannot help thinking that how today's world is different from the one in the cold war era, from the dichotomy of right and wrong, from the infamous single dimension. We have seen projects after projects aiming at making judgement about this world rather than making sense of it. I have no particular opinions regarding Berkman center and its badware project. I am not trying to evaluate the truthfulness of their findings, either.
To me, this report is a great illustration of what many prestigious ivory towers and self-claimed independent NGOs try to build -- a judgement system that embraces certain values. No matter what the certain values are, a judgement project always presumes what the best / worst practice is. I am wondering what if a research center in China starts a project like this and how it will render its judgement.
Projects like this remind me of John Gray's The Two Faces of Liberalism. Gray said:
If liberalism has a future, it is in giving up the search for a
rational consensus on the best way of life.
Can we give up the search for a rational consensus on the best way of doing the Internet?