The Internet is like many great inventions, it has some flaws, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. The Internet has become an educational tool for students, increased communication, and allowed for knowledge of all subjects to be shared. These are but a few benefits of the Internet. Censorship is generally an evil and should be avoided where ever possible (Butt, 2000). The regulation or censorship of the Internet will make it difficult for people to express their mind openly, block even more useful sites for students, and deny American citizens their first amendment right to free speech.
One reason many people are against censorship is because it hinders the thoughts and ideas of their minds. Internet regulation will tend to curb
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In the court case of Reno vs. American Civil Liberties Union of 1997, the Supreme Court decided the Internet was to be a free speech zone, and entitled to at least as much as protection as given to books, newspapers, and magazines by the first amendment (Haugen, 2008). Regulation can sometimes be taken to the extremes. For example, recently a 13 year old boy posted a comment after the Usama Bin Laden killing. The boy faced federal interrogation by the Secret Service days after at school. The boy later explained “I was saying how Usama was dead and for Obama to be careful because there could be suicide bombers.” The Secret Service took the boy’s post as a threat towards the President. Surely, this sounds outrageous, the boy’s comments were clearly blown out of proportion. He was simply stating his feeling at that moment, yet due to Federal watch and regulation the seventh grader received a half hour interrogation (Manuel-Logan, 2011). Cases like these make some fear the government will take over the Internet Luckily, we do not have to worry about such issues. A complete takeover by the government or even other telecommunication giants can lead to violation of net neutrality (Manohar, 2011). “Net neutrality is a principle that proposed for user access networks participating in the Internet that advocates no restrictions on content, sites, or platforms.” according to Wikipedia.
A third issue dealing with Internet censorship is blocking educational