Censorship on the Internet

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Censorship on the Internet

Five years after the first world wide web was launched at the end of 1991, The
Internet has become very popular in the United States. Although President
Clinton already signed the 1996 Telecommunication ActI on Thursday Feb 8, 1996, the censorship issue on the net still remains unresolved. In fact, censorship in cyberspace is unconscionable and impossible. Trying to censor the Internet its problematic because the net is an international issue, there is no standard for judging materials, and censorship is an abridgment of democratic spirit.

Firstly, censorship on the Internet is an international issue. The Internet was constructed by the U.S. military since 1960s, but no one actually owns it. Thus, the Internet
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It is totally different from all traditional media. Everything on the Internet is just a combination of zero and oneV. It is very difficult to chase what has been published on the information superhighway. After President Clinton signed the
1996 Telecommunication Act, lots of net users reacted in outrage. Although the
Federal court in Philadelphia and New York have overturned that Act, The government has appealed the ruling and the case has been referred to the U.S.
Supreme Court. Since censorship is an international issue, people have different judgment and censorship works against the democratic spirit. Censorship in the
Internet is totally unacceptable. According Justice Potter Stewart's words,
"Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. Long ago those who wrote our First Amendment charted a different course. They believed a society can be truly strong only when it is truly free.VI". If we allow those few in society to censor whatever they find offensive, we have forfeited our right of freedom and have lost our power as a democratic nation.

I.) On Thursday Feb 1, 1996, Congress approved legislation to dramatically restrict the First Amendment rights of Internet users. President Clinton signed into law Thursday Feb. 8, 1996 II.) Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, 46
(1973), Justice Douglas, dissenting opinion. III.) The bill makes it illegal


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