Internet Censorship: Censoring Freedom Essay

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With today’s technology, communication and information can travel across the world in a matter of seconds. Ever since the internet was first made publically available in 1991 the ease of accessing entertainment, education, and information has been increasing every year. We now live in an age where roughly 30% of all people in the entire world are connected to the web ("World Internet Usage Statistics New and World Population Stats"). However, despite the obvious advantages of the internet’s freedom, some countries are trying to control the internet and display what it deems appropriate for the public eye. Many countries, including Australia, China, and North Korea implement a system to filter web content. Even the United States is now …show more content…
The Ministry of Public Security took the initial strides to strangle the freedom of online browsing when it issued its regulations regarding the use of the internet.
Individuals are prohibited from using the Internet to: harm national security; disclose state secrets; or injure the interests of the state or society. Users are prohibited from using the Internet to create, replicate, retrieve, or transmit information that incites resistance to the PRC Constitution, laws, or administrative regulations; promotes the overthrow of the government or socialist system; undermines national unification; distorts the truth, spreads rumors, or destroys social order; or provides sexually suggestive material or encourages gambling, violence, or murder. Users are prohibited from engaging in activities that harm the security of computer information networks and from using networks or changing network resources without prior approval ("International Debates”).
Several years later, in October 2001 Li Runsen, the technology director at the Ministry of Public Security, explained the new style of censoring that will soon be put into practice, employing over 30,000 online police to patrol and censor content (Watts ). Greg Walton of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development published a report criticizing the new approach saying,
Old style censorship is being replaced with a massive, ubiquitous architecture of
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