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May 28 2000 Period 3 Privacy and the Internet If privacy is outlawed only outlaws will have privacy Siegel 9 When something as vast influential and readily evolving as the Internet is introduced to the world there is bound to be countless issues of controversy surrounding it In the past decade our society has become based solely on the ability to move large amounts of information across great distances quickly and efficiently The growing need for high-speed communications is causing a global network of interconnected computers to develop commonly referred to as the Internet or the World Wide Web The Internet is having a drastic effect on the lives of people around the world Children are exposed to it at school and at home The Web is hastily replacing television and radio as the most frequently used information and entertainment-broadcasting medium in the world Because Internet has become the primary key to communications in the world the United States government Internet users and civil rights activists are debating over what must be done to protect Internet users and at the same time national security without stifling the innovation of the Internet The proposals of all of the above parties have various flaws many of which are clearly worse than others Government regulation would restrain the permutation of the Internet and destroy its unfettered atmosphere while self-regulation of Internet businesses cannot be enforce without the interference of the government Because of these difficult circumstances and the urgency of some form of protection Internet users must protect themselves from privacy and security hazards on the Internet before the government imposes strict laws that would damage the prosperity it has seen Many proud Americans see the Internet as the epitome of free speech It is a place where people can express their thoughts candidly without the fear of being judged It has been claimed by many that the Internet can extend and enhance democracyBeecham 13 Because there is
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