Control Of Internet

During the past decade, our society has become based solely on the ability to
move large amounts of information across great distances in a very short amount
of time and at very low costs. The evolution of the computer era and our growing
need for ultra-fast communications has caused a global network of interconnected
computers to develop, commonly referred to as the Internet or the world wide
web. The Internet has influenced practically everyone’s life in some way
whether it was done directly or indirectly. Our children are exposed to the

Internet at school, and we are exposed to the Internet simply by just watching
our television sets. The Internet has become the primary key to the future of
communication in our society today. Because of this, the government feels that
it has the right to regulate and control the contents of information distributed
through the World Wide Web, contrary to the opinions of most Internet users,
myself included. Freedom of Speech Over the Internet At the present, this
network is the epitome of the first amendment, freedom of speech. It is a place
where people can speak their minds without being reprimanded for what they say,
or how they choose to say it. The key to the success of the Internet is its
protection of free speech, not only in America, but in other countries as well,
where free speech is not protected by a constitution. Because there are no laws
regulating Internet material, people may find some of its content offending,
ranging from pornography, to hate-group forums, to countless other forms of
information. With over 30 million Internet users in the U.S. alone, some of the
material is bound to be interpreted as offensive to some other Internet user. My
advice to these people is to "change the station if you don’t like what you
see". Laws and the Internet The newest waves of laws making their way through

Congress threaten to stifle spontaneity of the Internet. Recently, Congress has
considered passing laws that will make it a crime to send vulgar language or
encryption software over the web. These crimes could result in prosecutions
punishable by jail time. No matter how insignificant, any attempt at government
intervention on the Internet will stifle the greatest communication innovation
of this century. The government wants to maintain control over this new form of
communication, and it is trying to use the protection of children as a smoke
screen to impose these laws upon us. Censorship of the Internet threatens to
destroy its freelance atmosphere, while wide spread encryption could help
eliminate the need for government intervention. How Do We Interpret the Internet

The current body of laws existing today in America does not apply well to the

Internet. Is the Internet like a broadcasting medium, where the government
monitors what is broadcast? Is it like a bookstore, where servers cannot be
expected to review every title? Is it like a phone company that must ignore what
it carries because of privacy? The trouble is that the Internet can be all or
none of these things depending on how it is used. The Internet cannot be viewed
as one type of transfer medium under the current broadcast definitions. The

Internet differs from the broadcasting media in that one cannot just happen upon
a vulgar site without first keying in a complicated address, or following a link
from another source. "The Internet is much more like going into a book
store and choosing to look at adult magazines" (Miller 75). Because our use
of the Internet varies from person to person, its meaning may be interpreted in
a number of different ways. Nudity on the Internet Jim Exon, a democratic
senator from Nebraska, wants to pass a decency bill regulating sexual content on
the Internet. If the bill is passed, certain commercial servers that post nude
pictures, like those run by Penthouse or Playgirl, would of course be shut down
immediately or risk prosecution. The same goes for any amateur web site that
features nudity, sex talk, or sexually explicit words. Posting any sexual words
in a Usenet discussion group, which occurs routinely, could cause a person to be
liable for a $50,000 fine and six months in jail. Why does it suddenly become
illegal to post something that has been legal for years in print? Exon\'s bill
apparently would also "criminalize private mail," ... "I can call
my brother on the phone and say anything--but if I say it on the Internet, it\'s
illegal" (Levy 56). Internet Access To Other Countries Congress, in their
pursuit of regulations, seems