Persuasive Essay On The Internet

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The Internet began in 1969 as a project “ARPANET” funded by the U.S. Government, since then the use of the Internet has exploded. The number of users who use the Internet has rapidly grown from 738 million in 2000 to 3.2 billion users according to a new report from the International Telecommunication Union. The Internet is constantly expanding and evolving and the use of government regulation on the internet has become a big issue. Censorship of the Internet has be suggested to prevent many things such as pornography, hateful speech, and instructions to make bombs. Censorship of this content has be justified to lead to the greater good, even if consumers are limited to the information they can find or put on the internet. The internet it a …show more content…

The amount of unregulated information on the internet started to raise concerns with parent and politicians in the 1990’s. Many Adult purposed sites caused organizations to purpose bills to the House and the Senate such as The Protection of Children from Computer Pornography Act of 1995 (PCCPA) witch stated that. “Pornography demeans and degrades women, victimizes children and ruins men. It contributes to domestic and spouse abuse, rape, incest and child molestation. And a great share of it is not protected speech, any more than libel, slander or false advertising are protected speech; therefore, it is not a 1st Amendment issue. It is not legal material. Many Americans do not realize this fact.”(Dee Jepsen, Executive Director of Enough Is Enough). The PPCCPA was no successfully made into a law it did help lobby other similar bills such as The Communications Decency Act of 1996 co-authored by Senator Exon That passed as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The CDA allows the government to regulate and censor speech on the Internet. “The Decency Act stands for the premise that it is wrong to provide pornography to children on computers just as it is wrong to do it on a street corner or anywhere else” (Jim …show more content…

The CIEC argued that the Internet was not like a television or a radio and should not be regulated as one and challenged the CDA on the justification that the Internet is a distinct means of communication, unlike traditional broadcasted media and deserves inclusive First Amendment Protection. The challenge against the CDA was presented in federal court with the CIEC and a numerous companies that are involved in the computer industry with the intentions that it violates the First Amendment and is unenforceable. In the defense of the CDA case, the Justice Department states that the CDA is essential because. "The Internet threatens to give every child a free pass into the equivalent of every adult bookstore and every adult video store in the country."(Seth Waxman). Another supporter or this bill President Clinton believed that the CDA was Constitutional “I remain convinced, as I was when I signed the bill, that our Constitution allows us to help parents by enforcing this Act to prevent children from being exposed to objectionable material transmitted through computer networks" (Clinton). As a final rebuttal against the CDA. “an attorney representing a free-speech coalition and companies including America Online and Microsoft, told the court the

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