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During the past decade our society has become based solely on the ability to move large amounts of information across large distances quickly Computerization has influenced everyones life The natural evolution of computers and this need for ultra-fast communications has caused a global network of interconnected computers to develop This global net one to send E-mail across the world in mere fractions of a second and enables even the common person to access information worldwide There have been many advances such as software that allows users with a sound card to use the Internet as a carrier for long distance voice calls and video conferencing At present the Internet is a epitome of the first amendment free speech It is a place where people can speak their mind without being reprimanded for what they say or how they choose to say it The key to the worldwide success of the Internet is its protection of free speech not only in America but also in other countries where free speech is not protected by a constitution One can find on the Internet large collections of obscene graphics Anarchists cookbooks and countless other things that offend some people With over 30 million Internet users in the US alone only 3 million of which surf the net from home everything is bound to offend someone Recently Congress has been considering passing laws that will make it a crime punishable by jail to send vulgar language over the net and to export encryption software No matter how small any attempt at government intervention in the Internet will stifle the greatest communication innovation of this century The government wants to maintain control over this new form of communication and they are trying to use the protection of children as a smoke screen to pass laws that will allow them to regulate and censor the Internet while banning techniques that could eliminate the need for regulation Censorship of the
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