No government has the right to exercise control over the internet. Initially, the internet was made to provide a platform where researchers could exchange raw data (Science Daily), but this was no longer the case after it was commercialized in May 1995. According to Walt Howe, after the internet became available to the public, the accessibility and free-flow of information and ideas, has grown rapidly around the world. Sanja Kelly notes this too. She adds that as the number of internet users increases, “Governments around the world increasingly are establishing mechanisms to block what they deem to be undesirable information.
With the bountiful amount of unrestricted information available on the internet many people believe that some of this information should be censored by the United States Government. Who's to say what should be accessible and what should not? Where does it start and stop? Does internet censorship make a nation a safer place to live? There are many countries that don’t allow the use of the internet at all and some countries only censor what they don’t want their citizens to know.
Internet Regulation Technology is growing at an uncontrollable rate in today’s world. Along with this, so is the internet. Regulating the internet is becoming a major issue all over the world. Some people don’t believe it is possible for the internet to be regulated and many think it should not be regulated at all because it infringes on our rights of free speech; while many believe it will have to be regulated to protect people of all ages and all backgrounds. There are three aspects of the internet that have to be regulated; criminal activities, illegal content, and harmful/offensive content.
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Another problem that also arises from the use of internet filters and blocks is that it is a direct violation of the freedom of speech granted by the constitution. Because of the many burdens and problems internet censorship brings, it is of great importance that we keep our American internet just like our country, free. Internet censorship is nothing original for many people around the world. Several large countries around the world have been using this form of communication blocking to channel the actions of the internet away from what users... ... middle of paper ... ...Republic of China. (2001): 5.