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During the last decade our society has become based on the sole ability to move large amounts of information across great distances quickly Computerization has influenced everyones life in numerous ways The natural evolution of computer technology and this need for ultra-fast communications has caused a global network of interconnected computers to develop This global network allows a person to send E-mail across the world in mere fractions of a second and allows a common person to access wealths of information worldwide This newfound global network originally called Arconet was developed and funded solely by and for the US government It was to be used in the event of a nuclear attack in order to keep communications lines open across the country by rerouting information through different servers across the country Does this mean that the government owns the Internet or is it no longer a tool limited by the powers that govern Generalities such as these have sparked great debates within our nations government This paper will attempt to focus on two high profile ethical aspects concerning the Internet and its usage These subjects are Internet privacy and Internet censorship At the moment the Internet is an example of our first amendment free speech It is a place where a person can speak their mind without being reprimanded for what they say or how they choose to say it But also contained on the Internet are a huge collection of obscene graphics Anarchists cookbooks and countless other things that offend many people There are over 70 million Internet surfers in the US alone and much is to be said about what offends whom and how As with many new technologies todays laws dont apply well when it comes to the Internet Is the Internet like a bookstore where servers can not be expected to review every title Is it like a phone company who must ignore what it carries because of privacy or is
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