Free Speech in Cyberspace Essay

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Long ago, the Freedom of Speech has been bestowed upon us as a natural human right. This natural human right is guaranteed to the citizens of the United States under the U.S. Constitution. In the Bill of Rights, Amendment I, it states 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 redress of grievances.”[1] Freedom of speech, in the past, pertained mostly to written, spoken or televised media. However, in recent years, with the Internet explosion, freedom of speech has reached a new frontier. In the United States, citizens are…show more content…
The Internet is a relatively new concept in Vietnam. Vietnam’s entrance into the digital world began with the main Internet pioneer, NetNam. NetNam was founded in 1994 by the Institute of Information Technology.[2] It operated a bulletin board service (BBS) and online forums. Its main purpose was to promote research and academics. Most of its initial users were foreign nationals living in Vietnam. However, with time, the user base expanded to include some Vietnamese citizens. The number of Vietnamese citizen using NetNam’s bulletin board service and online forums were extremely limited due to fear of government monitoring.[3] NetNam’s main hubs are located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.[4] The Internet was officially launched in Vietnam on November 19, 1997.[5] Since the launch of the Internet in Vietnam, its popularity has grown significantly.

In August of 2003, the number of Internet users was estimated to be approaching 2.5 million people.[6] Vietnam’s current population is 80 million people.[7] Although only three percent of the Vietnamese population is currently using the Internet, this number is expected to rise sharply in the years to come. The driving force behind more people using the Internet will be its economic advantages, drop in costs of accessing the Internet, as well as drop in costs of owning a computer. Because of technological advances, computers are becoming cheaper to manufacture and thus cheaper to
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