Government Control of the Internet

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Today, society is affected by the many advances in technology. These advances affect almost every person in the world. One of the prevalent advances in technology was the invention and mass use of the Internet. Today more than ever, people around the world use the Internet to support their personal and business tasks on a daily basis. The Internet is a portal into vast amounts of information concerning almost every aspect of life including education, business, politics, entertainment, social networking, and world security. (idebate.com) Although the Internet has become a key resource in developing the world, the mass use of Internet has highlighted a major problem, privacy and the protection of individual, corporate, and even government security . The argument over whether or not the Internet should be controlled by the government has developed into a controversial issue in almost every country in the world. The Internet is, “a vast computer network linking smaller computer networks throughout the world.” (dictionary.com) Everyday millions of people use the Internet in order to communicate, to work, to research information, and educate themselves. (internetworldstats.com) The popularity of the Internet has caused the world to become more dependent on the information that is searched. Some countries’ governments believe that although the Internet is one of the top worldwide researching databases, its lacking in privacy has created unnecessarily high security risks and has had a negative if not harmful affect on their society. (techcrunch.com) One example of this lack of privacy would be that research found on the Internet can be accessed from any country in the world. Many countries view being able to access information from an... ... middle of paper ... ...iser, Eli. The Filter Bubble: What Is the Internet Hiding From You? New York, 2009. Print. Herumin, Wendy. Censorship on the Internet: From Filter to Freedom of Speech. New York. Print. Godsmith, Jack, and Tim Wu. Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Boarderless World. New York, 2010. Print. "World Internet Usage Statistics News and World Population Stats." Internet World Stats - Usage and Population Statistics. Internet World Stats. Web. 09 Jan. 2012. . "Internet Control Issues: It's Not Just China." TechCrunch. Web. 09 Jan. 2012. . "2012 Social Networking Comparisons." Social Networking Websites Review 2012 - TopTenREVIEWS. Top Ten Reviews. Web. 09 Jan. 2012. .

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