Freedom Of Speech And The Right For Privacy

1791 Words Mar 28th, 2016 8 Pages
In 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, developed the World Wide Web (WWW) in an effort to efficiently share information among multiple people through the use of linked webpages (BBC Bitesize). Over 3 billion people in the world use the Internet to access this network of webpages, using different browsers in order to visit their favorite websites (Statista). However, with such a gargantuan number of unique, global users (some of whom use the WWW more maliciously than others), comes a number of ethical controversies. The World Wide Web has been fraught with debate, particularly concerning the clash between freedom of speech and the right for privacy and security. This paper will discuss this issue, focusing on the users of the WWW, those that control access, and those that use the information uploaded to the World Wide Web.
People around the globe use the World Wide Web to share not only articles, but also pictures, videos, and ideas. There are some users, however, that can be quite disruptive, even abusive, to online communities. “Internet trolls” are “abusive or obnoxious” users who often “use shock value to promote arguments in web conversations” (Gil). The “anonymity afforded by the Internet sets the stage for trolling,” and thus, many users develop an alter ego of sorts when able to hide behind a computer screen, behaving differently than they would in public (Academic Earth). Although many trolls err more on the side of irritating than offensive,…
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