The Internet distributes more information than any other medium in the world. There are several problems that have emerged along with the Internet, “As soon as the public began to use the Internet, people began to express concern about its use” (Clark 1). Some groups feel that the World Wide Web is dangerous because of it’s open accessibility, whereas other groups see that the Internet is something that can be used to share knowledge globally. The Internet should not be censored because censorship would restrict Americans’ first amendment rights; regulations have been tried and have failed in the past, and there are better methods of education and protection than censorship.
The Internet is like many great inventions, it has some flaws, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. The Internet has become an educational tool for students, increased communication, and allowed for knowledge of all subjects to be shared. These are but a few benefits of the Internet. Censorship is generally an evil and should be avoided where ever possible (Butt, 2000). The regulation or censorship of the Internet will make it difficult for people to express their mind openly, block even more useful sites for students, and deny American citizens their first amendment right to free speech.
Free speech on the Internet is a very controversial subject and has been the key problem surrounding the Internet today. The attempt to regulate and govern the Internet is still pursued by government officials. This subject has been intensified due to terrorist attacks against the United States and around world within the past years. The government believes that by regulating the Internet, it will protect the general public from criminal actions and eliminate the exposure of children to pornography or vulgar language. Senator Jim Exon of ...
Many Americans today rely on the Internet for two main reasons: information and connectivity. Some may consider it as the biggest library available because of the endless information it can provide. It further enhanced people’s knowledge of what’s going on all around the globe and has been proved to be a very powerful tool that is available for anyone to use. Communication improved not just here in the United States of America, but also in other countries thanks to social media. Despite of all this, there is still an evident problem for American citizens when it comes to Internet Regulation. There’s an apparent government intervention when it comes to regulating the Internet. Under net neutrality, companies shouldn’t restrict what and how much information or media users can access. Every citizen deserves Internet freedom, which is also tied with privacy and the identity of the people using the Internet. The government should protect its citizens from the threats of the Internet like bullying and stalking, and fraud or theft issues like compromised credit card or bank account information from phishing websites and hackers.
Cyberspace and Internet Censorship "Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace [the Internet], the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather" (Barlow 18). The Internet is a vast network of computers, both public and private, which spans the globe.
Internet Censorship Presently, it seems that the Internet is playing a very important role in everyone's daily life. This multipurpose network has many different functions useful for everyday work and entertainment. Due to the freedom of the Internet various debates and protests have come to disagree with its open form of communication.
Ever since the Internet became such a large source of information in our lives, there has been a group of people who believed it need be cleansed of certain material. These people believe that groups, corporations, and the government have the right to block whatever material they deem objectionable. They are quite simply wrong. The First Amendment guarantees our right to freedom of expression. Furthermore, the ability to block or ban these sites does not exist. There have been several attempts to enforce some sort of standard of morals on the Internet. The online community has always fiercely opposed these intrusions on its Civil Liberties and privacy. One of the most famous cases was short lived the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996.
...tion to progress and modernization. At the same time, many others has abused and use the advantage of this new innovation in an unpleasant way. We cannot prevent that from happening but we can do something about it. That is why, the government decided to implement and regulate the policies of internet censorship. Instead of being angry and indifferent to this new policy, we should be more open-minded and welcome the goodness and security that this particular policy provides us. The real truth is that internet censorship is more than what we have understood. It goes way beyond the boundaries of freedom and rights. It is a protector and safeguard that upholds the dignity and integrity of the state. It is up to the people to think and decide whether internet censorship is for our own good or not. It is for the behest of us just as what the government has said about it.
The foundations of America and of its citizens' individuality were built over 200 years ago with the creation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment, ratified December 15th 1791, is probably the most important Amendment as well as the most difficult one to interpret. It states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" (National Archive Constitution Ammentment#1). Thus, this Amendment grants Americans specific inalienable rights and allows them to be at least somewhat separate from the government. Still, it is this Amendment that is under particular scrutiny in today's information age. It is through the interpretation of this statement that we must assess the rights of the Internet surfer, determine what responsibility the government has to censor any or all explicit pages from innocent under aged children and evaluate if that censorship violates our inalienable rights as American citizens. Yet, no matter what censorship rulings the government passes, the responsibility of monitoring Internet use must ultimately fall in the hands of the parents.