We Must Not Regulate the Internet Essay

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“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” ~Eric Schmidt. As CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt and his company own and operate one of the largest search engines in the world. With them earning $54 billion per year economically, and also $25 billion in the online advertising business, they understand the internet. In fact their estimated total economic influence they have had on the world, it is close to $119 billion (Ha). The internet is growing at an exponential rate. The internet has, in fact, been increasing in size since it was first started in the late 1960’s. As with any resource of this nature, however, we soon found ourselves with a…show more content…
One of the best things about this global network of computers is that no one person actually owns it. The internet literally belongs to the people. In its simplest terms, the internet is really just a large number of computers, called nodes, connected together with network switches and routers. In fact the very name of it is derived from interconnected networks. Some of these nodes have special programs to enable other client nodes to connect to it and exchange information with it. These computers, known as servers, can host any sort of information to exchange. Some host e-mail, some web pages, and others can host FTP (file transfer protocol). (Tyson)
Privacy on the internet is not the government’s responsibility.
The resent explosion of the popularity and use of the internet, we now face a new treat to our privacy. A lot of the concern over privacy however is generated more from people who have had negatives experiences with privacy online. To understand this it is important to understand that a web site and find out a lot of information just based on where that person visits and how the user interacts with the site. This can and does happen without the consent of the visitor. However in response to the user’s distaste, most sites now days post a privacy policy (or at least a link to one) one the front page of their site. In using these privacy policies trustworthy website can state how and what information is collected by their site. They
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