Information on the Internet

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Information on the Internet During the past decade, our society has become based solely on the ability to move large amounts of information across great distances in a very short amount of time and at very low costs. The evolution of the computer era and our growing need for ultra-fast communications has caused a global network of interconnected computers to develop, commonly referred to as the Internet or the world wide web. The Internet has influenced practically everyone’s life in some way whether it was done directly or indirectly. Our children are exposed to the Internet at school, and we are exposed to the Internet simply by just watching our television sets. The Internet has become the primary key to the future of communication in our society today. Because of this, the government feels that it has the right to regulate and control the contents of information distributed through the World Wide Web, contrary to the opinions of most Internet users, myself included. Freedom of Speech Over the Internet At the present, this network is the epitome of the first amendment, freedom of speech. It is a place where people can speak their minds without being reprimanded for what they say, or how they choose to say it. The key to the success of the Internet is its protection of free speech, not only in America, but in other countries as well, where free speech is not protected by a constitution. Because there are no laws regulating Internet material, people may find some of its content offending, ranging from pornography, to hate-group forums, to countle... ... middle of paper ... ...ighway." Time 21 Nov. 1994: 102-105. Laberis, Bill. "The Price of Freedom." ComputerWorld (1998). Dialog Magazine Database, 036777. N. pag. 34 Apr 1994 **. Lehrer, Dan. "The Secret Sharers: Clipper Chips and Cypherpunks." The Nation 10 Oct. 1994: 376-379. Levy, Steven. "The Encryption Wars: Is Privacy Good or Bad?" Newsweek 24 Apr. 1995: 55-57. Messmer, Ellen. "Fighting For Justice On The New Frontier." Network World (1997). Dialog Magazine Database, 028048 . Miller, Michael. "Cybersex Shock." PC Magazine 10 Oct. 1995: 75-76. Wilson, David. "The Internet Goes Crackers." Education Digest May 1995: 33-36. Zimmerman, Phil. (1995). “Pretty Good Privacy” v2.62, [Online]. Available Directory: pub/pgp/dist File:
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