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Surfing the Internet is like strolling through a library With just one click of themouse a person can enter an amazing world of information The Internet takes away theinconvenience of having to drive to the public library plus the Internet is opentwenty-four hours a day But not only can a person research information on the Internethe can shop for products read the latest news and stocks meet new people not only inthe United States but in other countries as well look for a job and more With the manyapplication of the Internet so many more opportunities for individuals exist Also a newmeaning of Its A Small World After All comes to mind when surfing through the WorldWide Web But not all is grand and spectacular in the Internet world The Internet hasbeen a major concern of the American people and government for the last few years withcontroversies over certain types of web sites displayed over the Internet includingpornography hate group web sites inappropriate literature and other various kinds ofweb sites Their main concern for these types of web sites is that this material is easilyaccessible to a young impressionable audience Some believe that censorship of theInternet is not the best solution There are other alternatives to censorship that wontviolate the free speech clause as stated in the First AmendmentFirst of all the reason why censorship is not the best solution is because thecensorship of expressions of speech is a violation of the First Amendment of the UnitedStates Constitution This argument is supported by the United States Supreme Courtruling in the landmark case of American Civil Liberties Union ACLU v Janet Reno On June 26 1997 the Supreme Court held in ACLU v Reno that the CommunicationDecency Act which would have made it a crime to communicate anything indecent onthe Internet violated the First Amendment ACLU This ruling declared that the Internetis entitled to the highest level of free speech protection In other words anything printedon
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