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Refutation Paper Most Internet users are enjoying their freedom of speech on the Net which is supposed to be protected by the First Amendment of the United States However there are many organizations who are trying to strip americans of their rights Their main argument is that of pornographic access to childrin via the web Only a very small portion of the Net contains offensive material most people do not use the Net for pornography Caragata from Macleans magazine observes that it is pornography that stirs the most controversy But while there is no doubt that pornography is popular it amounts to a trickle compared with everything else available on the Net Caragata 51 The Net is mostly being used for communication and information exchange and only a tiny portion of the Net contains pornography and other offensive material It must be understood that censoring the Net is technically impossible According to Allison and Baxter in principle it is impossible to monitor all material being transmitted on the Internet Considering the difficulties with international boundaries a licensing system faces many obvious practical hurdles Allison and Baxter 6 As described by Allison and Baxter Any good Computer Science graduate can create a completely secure encryption system for concealment purposes The material can even be disguised for example hidden inside a perfectly innocuous picture Allison and Baxter 6 Therefore if a person wants to publish offensive material heshe can design a formula to change the material with respect to a key and secretly tell other users what the key is In this way they can retrieve the same material and pass through the government censorship While people are concerned about Internet pornography it should be recognized that pornography is sometimes legal for example pornography is legal in video and magazines Therefore it is inconsistent to ban the Internet equivalents According to Rheingold Citizens should have the right to restrict the information-flow
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