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Should the Internet be censored Censorship on the Internet is a very controversial issue Many agree that censoring violates the First Amendment of free speech Yet many also believe that it is the governments duty to censor to protect children and teenagers The EFA Electronic Frontiers Australia Inc is an organization against Internet censorship The EFAs goals are to advocate the amendment of laws and regulations in Australia and elsewhere which restrict free speechand to educate the community at large about theliberties issues involved in the use of computer-based communications systems President of EFA The EFA shares similar goals with the USAs EFF Electronic Frontiers Foundation These organizations believe that free speech is a right and it will be taken away by censoring the Internet Does freedom of speech include pornography and obscenity Some argue that obscenity is a matter of opinion and it cannot be defined The truth is that it has been defined by the Supreme Court and in 1957 in the Supreme Court case of Roth v US the Supreme Court decided that obscenity was outside the protection intended for speech and press at the time during which the First Amendment was written Roth v US 354 US 476 Therefore the First Amendment does not protect it So what about the children Should they be subject to obscenities and pornography People opposed to Internet censorship argue that it is a parents job to supervise what web sites their children are going to But parents argue that it is almost impossible to always be there to watch their children especially for single parents and families where both parents work Most people arent even looking for obscene web sites The sites are hidden and are targeted towards people who arent even looking for it In an interview with the Washington Times Donna Rice Hughes says Children do need to be online They have benefits therefor their futureBut we cant have a system
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