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Internet Regulations Alberto Alarcon Computers and there ability to move large amounts of information have a strong influence on society The rapid growth and need for speedy communication has develop a world web of computer systems This world-wide-web has brought instant communication and knowledge to the finger tips of the common person The WWW has become the epitome of the first admendment free speech To be found on the Internet is a huge collection of obscene graphics Anarchists cookbooks and countless other things that offend some people With some 3 million users someones going to be offend The new laws passing through Congress will make it a crime punishable by jail to send offensive language over the net 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 such as encyrtion software Censorship of the Internet are a threat to its freespeech enviroment while encryption could help prevent the need for government regulations The current laws existing today does not apply well to the Internet Is the internet like a phone company who must ignore what it carries because of privacy Is it like a Television station where the government monitors what is broadcast The trouble is that the Internet can be both or none of these things The Internet cannot be viewed as one type of medium with todays standards of broadcasting The Internet is different in that you just cannot accidently reach an offensive site without knowledge of it or reaching it thru a search engine The Internet is much more like going into a book store and choosing to look at adult magazines Miller 75
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