Is Censorship on the Internet a Real Possibility?

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“In the face of ongoing revelations about extensive snooping by the US National Security Agency (NSA), censorship abroad may seem like yesterday’s problem. These revelations are troubling, but there is a broader array of threats to internet freedom around the world, and those threats are extensive and are growing” (Calingaert 1). The internet has become a vital part of modern society in the past 20 years, and on the World Wide Web, anything goes. It is one of the last places free from laws and government control ¬̶ well, at least for some. “Nowadays the internet is a wide-open source for information, entertainment, and communication” (Skvarka 1). Since its invention, and consequently the spawn of instantaneous communication, there has been a large debate on whether or not there should be a filter on the tremendous amount of information available to people. “Censorship of information on the internet has become a much publicized debate that currently has no resolution in sight” (Qazi 1). The problem lies in deciding who, or how the censorship should be implemented. The internet is an invaluable tool for communication and knowledge in the modern age, censoring it would affect what information people receive. It is also a vital tool used in all aspects of our world from economics to social media. Censorship could jeopardize the availability of information to the masses.
There are many aspects of internet censorship to consider before coming to a conclusion. “Internet censorship comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes… It ranges from physical attacks on journalists who publish exposés of corruption online, to cyber-attacks on the websites of human rights groups” (Calingaert 1). One of the main arguments for censorship is the prote...

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