Global Look at Internet Censorship Essay

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Global Look at Internet Censorship Introduction Many Americans take for granted the freedom that living in the United States allows us. As we go through our days, we whine about our bosses, the governor’s latest political agenda, or read commentary about how the war in Iraq is morally wrong. Whether we are sending e-mail, posting on message boards, or reading the news online, we are guaranteed the same freedom of self expression that we enjoy offline. In other countries, the mere act of accessing websites that criticize the government is an offense that can land you in prison. Within this paper, we will explore Internet Censorship as a global issue as well as an ethical issue. The Internet The Internet, while relatively…show more content…
Why would countries want to censor such a potentially useful tool? The Internet, as the first truly "mass" medium, is even more threatening than these earlier media.[3] While few individuals and groups can publish books or newspapers, make a film, or produce a radio or television program, any person with a personal computer and a modem can communicate with a huge international audience. A Look at Censorship Censorship can take many forms. While many people may automatically associate censorship with intrusion into one’s natural right, developed nations have passed laws and regulations to limit the content of the Internet. Those who argue for censorship say that it prevents the spread of dangerous information, and prevents minors from accessing offensive material. Dangerous information can include websites with bomb making directions, suicide helper sites, or even political commentaries. Not to long ago, websites that promoted anorexia (pro-anorexia, sometimes called pro-ana) were on the news. The websites included glorification of women who were severely anorexic, tips on how to conceal the symptoms, and tips on how to become bulimic. While they created quite a stir and offended many, the websites were protected under freedom of speech. Those who argue for censorship could point to such websites and use them as an example of freedom of speech going to far. Many

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