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Censorship And The Internet The freedom of speech that was possible on the Internet could now be subjected to governmental approvals For example China is attempting to restrict political expression in the name of security and social stability It requires users of the Internet an d electronic mail e-mail to register so that it may monitor their activities9 In the United Kingdom state secrets and personal attacks are off limits on the Internet Laws are strict and the government is extremely interested in regulating the Intern et with respect to these issues10 Laws intended for other types of communication will not necessarily apply in this medium Through all the components of the Internet it becomes easy to transfer material that particular governments might find objectionable However all of these means of communicating on the Internet make up a large and vast system For inspectors to monitor every e-mail every article in every Newsgroup every Webpage every IRC channel every Gopher site and every FTP site would be near impossible Besides taking an ext raordinary amount of money and time attempts to censor the Internet violate freedom of speech rights that are included in democratic constitutions and international laws11 It would be a breach of the First Amendment The Constitution of the United Stat es of America declares that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redr ess of grievances 12 Therefore it would be unconstitutional for any sort of censorship to occur on the Internet and affiliated services Despite the illegality restrictions on Internet access and content are increasing worldwide under all forms of government In France a co untry where the press generally has a large amount of freedom the Internet has recently been in the spotlight
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