Free Speech in the United States

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As the United States plans to give up their control of the Internet Domain Name Registration in the spring of 2015, many Americans see that as a serious threat to their first amendment right of free speech. This fear is not a new concept. In January 2009, Jeffrey Rosen wrote an article for the New York Times, “Free Speech on the Web: Is the Internet Really the Bastion of Free Expression That We Think it Is?” In his essay, Rosen shows Americans a side of the Internet that they are not accustomed to: free speech in other countries being blocked by Google, because it does not meet the laws of those countries. By doing this, Rosen approaches the topic of free speech in the United States and how the policies surrounding the relationship between Internet usage and free speech could change. For being over five years old, this article is still important to Americans. As each year passes, subtle changes occur over time on the Internet. Throughout his essay, Rosen points out the most obvious question, “who decides what is permitted on the Internet?” The answer is clear, but the ethics behind it are not. As his text evolves, Rosen gives us many different examples of how repressive governments are handling the issue of free speech in their countries. Google, along with other providers who want to do business with these countries, find it hard to please them regarding their Internet regulations. Lastly, workers who are qualified to review uploaded content and deem it
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