Censorship Is Not Limited Repressive Regimes Or Network Television?

1522 WordsFeb 5, 20157 Pages
Censorship is not limited to repressive regimes or network television. Weather we know it or not censorship is happening all the time throughout the day. We censor ourselves, we listen to censored music and as students we see the internet being heavily censored in school. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was signed into law in 2000; the law requires any public schools or library to filter any inappropriate content from the computers being used by minors. Since the law has been put in place, schools across America have installed programs that use keywords to designate certain types of websites off-limits to students while using the schools internet server. The problem with these filtering programs is that they block many sites that are not pornographic or obscene in nature, Instead they tend to block sites dealing with controversial but not inappropriate content. Although the CIPA was created to protect, it has been used as a soft form of censorship in schools. The CIPA states that a library or school cannot receive the discounts offered by the e-rate program unless they have an internet safety policy that has technology protection measures. The filter program must be able to filter pictures and content that are obscene, pornographic or harmful to minors from computers that are being accessed by minors (Reitman). The CIPA has multiple major flaws in its plan. It does not protect enough where it needs to but it over filters in other areas. The filters are there to
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