Freedom From Internet Censorship
Censorship is a very strong word that most Americans are very familiar with. Censorship is the act of examining and expurgating material. Recently, the Internet has become the latest target of censorship. The government is looking into policing the internet and officially having standards that would regulate what is and is not censored from the American public. If the U.S. government attains the right to censor Internet content, it will be an egregious invasion of our First Amendment rights, and a flagrant step towards the complete obliteration of our civil liberties. I, like most do not feel government of any country should not interfere with a persons right to read and view what they wish.
The Internet is the fastest growing and largest tool for mass communication and information distribution in the world. (The Economist, 2007) People use the Internet for communication, expressing their opinions, or obtaining unlimited information access. Nowadays, the issue of whether is it necessary to have censorship on the Internet is being argued all over the world. Censoring the Internet can protect children from strangers, filter unpleasant material and prevent young people imitating negative behavior. (Lewis, 2008) However, it is apparent that filtering the Internet is against the freedom of information, anti-educational and it is difficult to develop people's ideas and views.
Some critics have suggested that communications companies be made
gatekeepers, charged with filtering the content of what they carry. (Dann & Haddow, 2008) This idea would put companies in the business of censoring all communication. It's entirely unworkable, for one thing because the volume of communicated information is way too large. This idea is no more feasible or desirable than asking a telephone company to monitor and accept legal responsibility for everything that's spoken or transmitted on its telephone wires....