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Should the Internet Be Censored or Screened to Protect Users Right now hundreds of thousands of people have just sat down in front of a computer After brief negotiation of something called a mouse these same people will be transported into a realm of virtually unlimited possibilities Beep beep pulse waitingalmost there wham connection To clarify this is not a transcription of the latest episode on the Sci-fi channel rather this description friends encompasses the Internet What appears to be one of the most influential advancements of human kind possibly since sliced bread is not without controversy While the Internet is a place in which people from all walks of life are recognized it is also a place that has perpetuated the ease in which objectionable materials are accessed As a result of the indecent materials present on the Internet some people believe that censorship should be enacted to protect viewers while the opposition believes that any type of government mandated censorship would challenge Americas right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment Although this complex issue having ethical legal and technical aspects involves all users of the Internet specific groups have voiced concern Education systems schools colleges libraries various work places and ordinary American homes are places where Internet use is becoming increasingly commonplace furthermore Internet censorship would positively or negatively affect all of these groups in some way Whereas you will see problems arise from extreme and moderate approaches to governmental censorship I believe a modified method of individual screening or monitoring lending the responsibility to parents and employers rather than the government would be the more acceptable approach In the infancy of this issue before the Communications Decency Act had been enacted and later annulled concern was mounting from the worldwide integration of the Internet and its possible repercussions Specifically as the Internet is implemented
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