The Freedom Of Speech Across The World Wide Web

1133 WordsOct 30, 20165 Pages
Research Paper #1 Internet censorship has been a growing issue in America. Many bills like The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are trying to be passed that are trying to control the internet. If the internet is censored and controlled by the government we will be losing our freedom of speech across the world-wide web. This is huge issue in other countries where people are jailed and prosecuted for thoughts and opinions published on the web. If nothing is done to stop internet censorship in America, this could be a reality for us as well. Internet freedom has been a hot topic throughout the past years. With the government trying to pass bills to limit and censor it. However those bills are going against our human rights of freedom of speech. “In June 2012, it was declared a human right by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The resolution on ‘The Promotion, Protection and Enjoyment of Human Rights on the Internet’ (HRC 2012) calls on all states to promote and facilitate access to the Internet, and to ensure that the same rights of freedom of expression that are available offline are protected and upheld online.” (Carr 1). So if the internet is a human right, why is the government trying to censor it? One reason would be crime on the internet. Even though the internet connects us all, it also connects illegal trades of goods and services. Another reason to

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