In the essay, I outline why I believe that the Internet should not be censored in any way for two reasons. First, any law advocating censorship of the Internet is too broad and unenforceable on this global information medium. Second, Internet censorship is a breach of First Amendment rights for those users residing in the United States. The essay will provide insight into why self regulation is the only viable solution to the problems that have and will be presented to the Internet. Should it be illegal to publish literature with "indecent" content on the Internet but perfectly legal to publish that same work in print?
However there are different ways to protect children without censoring the internet of everyone. Internet Censorship is a problem because it goes against our constitutional right of the First Amendment; and as much as the government tries to put regulations on the internet, the internet is too massive to try to control. Instead of trying to control the internet by cohesion and fear, we should look into the many solutions that can be used to protect this country and its children. Free Speech vs Online Speech What is the difference between free... ... middle of paper ... ...wn home. Net Nannies are a parental control system that distinguishes good and bad web pages within a site it also can flag dangerous IM conversations, as well as provide detailed activity reports.
But, is pornography really that harmful? There are many reasons why the government is having trouble putting restrictions on pornography. As Cynthia Stark states in Social Theory and Practice," just because some find certain materials offensive is not a sufficient reason for restricting those materials." There has to be proper grounds for making such laws to prevent pornography distribution because either way you look at it, it goes against the free speech laws of the first amendment. Nadine Strossen of the ACLU had a good point when she said "the First Amendment contains no exception for sexual speech.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”- Benjamin Franklin. Technically speaking, internet censorship is difficult to achieve. Proponents of this measure seem to have neglected the fact that putting in place a system of surveillance requires the establishment of clear, unalterable rules. But often, such a task can be almost unfeasible since it is quite problematical to define precisely the information that is supposed to be blocked. In the context of hate speech for example, it is important to acknowledge the existence of a line between criticism, whether it is constructive or not, and pure animosity.
It can help prevent and detect cybercrime, unauthorized access to sensitive data, and terrorism. However, over bearing monitoring policies often result in censorship and the suppression of unpopular ideas. The Internet should and possibly will always remain decentralized without being regulated by the U.N.
First, children can be protected from accidentally viewing pornography through more convenient solutions than a law requiring Internet filters. Secondly, there is insufficient evidence showing the negative effects of adult pornography on the adult population to warrant an Internet filter that restricts all Internet pornography websites. Thirdly, the first amendment rights given to every citizen would be violated by a law calling for Internet filters. Finally, Internet filters may not only block adult pornography websites, but may also block legal and informative websites. To protect children from accidentally viewing adult pornography on the Internet, a law that requires Internet filters is not the best solution.
These days the internet has become an essential part to living for almost everyone but one of the controversial topics that people bring up is that whether or not the government should regulate information on the internet. Both sides have valid points which form a reasonable argument. Some people would say that they need to because of the dangers lurking around in the cyber world but the reasons for why the government shouldn’t regulate the Internet outnumber the reasons for why they should. The federal government should not regulate or censor information on the internet because doing so violates the first amendment and citizen’s right to privacy, degrades the educational value of the web, prevents the promotion and facilitation of innovation and technology and it would promote civil unrest. First of all, if the Internet was regulated by the government, this would violate the first amendment and the citizen’s right to privacy (Parrish).
Government Censorship Thesis: Government Censorship would damage the atmosphere of the freedom to express ideas on the Internet; therefore, government should not encourage censorship. The Internet is a wonderful place of entertainment and education but like all places used by millions of people, it has some murky corners people would prefer children not to explore. In the physical world society as a whole conspires to protect children, but there are no social or physical constraints to Internet surfing. The Internet Censorship Bill of 1995, also known as the Exon/Coats Communications Decency Act, has been introduced in the U.S. Congress. It would make it a criminal offense to make available to children anything that is indecent, or to send anything indecent with "intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass" ("Stop the Communications ..." n.p.).
Invasion of Privacy on the Internet Invasion of privacy is a serious issue concerning the Internet, as e-mails can be read if not encrypted, and cookies can track a user and store personal information. Lack of privacy policies and employee monitoring threatens security also. Individuals should have the right to protect themselves as much as possible from privacy invasion and shouldn't have to give in to lowered standards of safety being pursued by the government. Encryption is the best and most convenient way to ensure that e-mails and other files transferred via the Internet are kept private during transfer. The widespread use of strong encryption technology is essential to protect consumers and businesses against spies, fraud, and theft over the computer networks used in electronic commerce.
Most governments monitor the emails of unsuspecting users with... ... middle of paper ... ...ood reason to censor the internet, but there are simpler ways to solve this problem without involvement of the government. There are parental control programs like Web Watcher and Pc Pandora that can be used to prevent access to such information. These programs require a password to access any website that has an age restriction. Not only do these programs prevent children from accessing adult content on the internet, they also grant you the freedom to access the internet without government control. In short, private regulation of the internet is more appealing when compared to government control.