Control Over Internet
During the past decade, our society has become based solely on the ability to
move large amounts of information across large distances quickly.

Computerization has influenced everyone\'s life. The natural evolution of
computers and this need for ultra-fast communications has caused a global
network of interconnected computers to develop. This global net allows a person
to send E-mail across the world in mere fractions of a second and enables to
access information worldwide. Software that allows users with a sound card to
use the Internet as a carrier for long distance voice calls and video
conferencing is the key to the future of our society. Our democratic government
sensing the growing power of the Internet that is not so easy to control is
doing all it can to get on the top of the wild horse. The government is dreaming
to have the control: to view all the information circulating the web, to read
our private e-mails, to peek into chat rooms, and to restrict us, the Internet
people, in any way possible. The government wishes to be the next big brother
who will be watching you! No matter how small, any attempt at government
intervention in the Internet will stifle the greatest communication innovation
of this century. At present, the web is the epitome of the first amendment of
the constitution: free speech and right to privacy. Every American values
freedom of the speech and their privacy as something essential. "Freedom of
speech is one of our most precious rights" (Ferry 356). The key to the
worldwide success of the Internet is that it does not limit its users. The web
is a place where people can speak their mind without being reprimanded for what
they say, or how they choose to say it. Jim Exon, a democratic senator from

Nebraska, wants to pass a decency bill regulating the Internet. Exonís bill
apparently would criminalize private e-mail. Why is it that government has the
need to read our private e-mails? If I call someone on the phone I can say
anything, but if I say it on the Internet, itís illegal. Censorship threatens
to destroy freelance atmosphere of the Internet that the majority of us treasure
so much. If we allow the government to interfere with our lives so much, sooner
or later it will turn into Communism or Dictatorship. Our government wants to
maintain control over the new, greatest form of communication: the Internet.

They are trying to use the protection of children as a smoke screen to pass laws
that will allow them to regulate and censor the Internet. Currently, there is
software being released that promises to block children\'s access to known

X-rated Internet newsgroups and sites. However, since most adults rely on their
computer literate children to setup these programs, the children will be able to
find ways around them. This mimics real life where these children would surely
be able to get their hands on adult magazines, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, etc.

Regardless of what types of software or safeguards are used to protect the
children of the Information age, there will be ways around them. This
necessitates the education of the children to deal with reality. Altered views
of an electronic world translate easily into altered views of the real world.

Parents should teach their children that the Internet is just like the real
world, and show them how to enjoy the positive and avoid the negative.

Censorship is less important issue than good parenting. Raising well-disciplined
and intelligent children isnít the government\'s responsibility; itís ours as
parents. Congress, in their pursuit of regulations, seems to have overlooked the
fact that the majority of the adult material on the Internet comes from
overseas. Although many U.S. government sources helped fund Arpanet, the
predecessor to the Internet, they no longer control it. Many of the new Internet
technologies, including the World Wide Web, have come from overseas. There is no
clear boundary between information held in the U.S. and information stored in
other countries. Data held in foreign computers is just as accessible as data in

America; all it takes is the click of a mouse to access. Even if our government
tried to regulate the Internet, it has no control over what is posted in other
countries, and it has no practical way to stop it. The Internet\'s predecessor
was originally designed to uphold communications after a nuclear attack by
rerouting data to compensate for destroyed telephone lines and servers. Today\'s

Internet still works on a similar design. It allows the Internet to overcome any
kind of barriers put in its way. If