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Self-Regulation in CyberspaceEsther Dyson the editor and publisher of the widely-respected computer newsletter Release 10 is the author of Cyberspace If You Dont Love It Leave It In this essay Dyson argues that governmental control over cyberspace will not work Cyberspace users must adapt into a society that focuses on self-rule in a territory that offers choice and freedom in what users can see and do Dyson claims that governmental regulation over cyberspace is unnecessary because cyberspace represents a frontier that embraces individuality diversity freedom and choiceCyberspace represents a frontier that embraces self-expression and individual choices to a wide range of users with different tastes and morals According to Dyson Americans enjoy new territories in which they can govern themselves without external regulation Dyson states Some places are private some places are unrestricted some places are appropriate for children and some places are best avoided by all but the kinkiest citizens 420 Cyberspace allows every community to thrive evolve and develop regardless of size or kind Internet users have the sovereignty to choose the sites they visit and choose what they do in these sites Dyson includes This freedom gives the rules that preside in cyberspace a moral authority that rules in terrestrial environments do not have 422 Overall cyberspace users have individual choice and freedom while they explore the Net thus they do not require governmental regulation to put a moratorium on their search for seeking new territories Moreover malicious territories in cyberspace should not be censored or regulated by laws because users have a choice in what they view and do Dyson emphasizes Places on cyberspace that offer or show bomb-making instructions pornography and advice on how to procure stolen credit cards make cyberspace sound unsafe and nasty 420 Thus citizens want to regulate censor and outlaw inappropriate communication that is capturing the eyes of society Dyson poses an important question Can the communities all get along Or will
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