Censorship and the Internet

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With the bountiful amount of unrestricted information available on the internet many people believe that some of this information should be censored by the United States Government. Who's to say what should be accessible and what should not? Where does it start and stop? Does internet censorship make a nation a safer place to live? There are many countries that don’t allow the use of the internet at all and some countries only censor what they don’t want their citizens to know. Daniel Calingaert said “The internet has provided greater space for free expression in countries where traditional broadcast and print media are restricted” (64). Free expression is a very guarded privilege to United States citizens. Private citizens and businesses can censor what is accessed on their computers to protect themselves, so why would it not be acceptable for the government to censor what is accessed in order to protect the citizens of the United States of America. Some believe this is an infringement of free speech, while others find censorship of the internet a necessary evil in today’s cyber world. When you take an in-depth look at what is readily available on the internet it should make you wonder what should be available and what should not; however, we must always understand the information that is available on the internet can be a valid source of entertainment, education and an example of free speech. The entertainment value of the internet is ever evolving. The fact of the matter is that people of all ages use the internet for entertainment. Some of us read the newspaper for entertainment and the internet makes it possible to read articles from many newspapers without ever leaving our homes. When some people think of the enter... ... middle of paper ... ...ilitary & Government Collection. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. Foxman, Abraham H., and Christopher Wolf. Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Print. Henry, Jessica S. "Beyond Free Speech: Novel Approaches To Hate On The Internet In The United States." Information & Communications Technology Law 18.2 (2009): 235-251. Academic Search Complete. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. Limayem, Moez, and Christy M. K. Cheung. "Predicting The Continued Use Of Internet-Based Learning Technologies: The Role Of Habit." Behaviour & Information Technology 30.1 (2011): 91-99. Academic Search Complete. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. Singer, Joseph William. "Subprime: Why A Free And Democratic Society Needs Law." Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 47.1 (2012): 141-167. Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 22 Nov. 2013.

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