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Regulation and the Internet Computer Science Government Intervention of the Internet 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 allows a person to send E-mail across the world in mere fractions of a second and enables even the common person to access information world-wide With 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 this network is key to the future of the knowledge society At present this net is the 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 world-wide success of the Internet is its protection of free speech not only in America but in other countries where free speech is not protected by a constitution To be found on the Internet is a huge collection 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 The newest wave of laws floating through law making bodies around the world threatens to stifle this area of spontaneity 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
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