A Review of the Issues Surrounding Internet Censorship and Cross-National Information Conflict

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Abstract This paper provides a brief review of the government censorship over internet, which is turning into a national dilemma as well as the cross-national conflict which affect the global businesses. Nowadays, internet censorship is widely accepted standard regulation that controls any information available on the internet and by using filtering tools to prevent people from accessing materials that are considered to be inappropriate. While government support the use of internet censorship as a protection of public security and defines the ‘inappropriate material’ to determine what people can view on the internet, others argue that it is simply a tool to take away people from their own right to express freedom of speech and make…show more content…
Chapter three addresses the different views of internet censorship from the various groups in different countries. Chapter four discuses the nature of cross-national conflict and the insight of its problems by giving the example of Google in China. 2. The nature of internet development and censorship In the development of internet technology, many issues have emerged regarding the method of internet control. This nature of internet development and the various technologies to control over the internet will be explained in this section. 2.1The history and nature of internet development The internet is an international technology with no limitations and centralized control over the online information. The Internet has developed and evolved rapidly over the last few years. Fifteen years ago, many countries around the world were neither interested to the Internet nor aware of the existence of the term, however the internet is now mentioned almost daily through the variety of media (Liang & Lu 2010). The history of the internet began in the late 1960s when the U.S. Defense Department authorized the Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA) to develop computer network to avoid a nuclear threat. Because of its characteristic as a decentralized structure of computer communication developed to only survive from nuclear attack, the internet is not an entity capable of being

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