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Censorship of the Internet
Computers and the Internet have become a major part of everyday life for many
people. As the Internet grows, the amount of X-rated material increases as well. The
government feels that censorship of the Internet for everyone is the answer. Censorship
of the Internet would only limit reference material, uses, and a persons freedom of
It is true, of course, that censoring the Internet may keep minors from viewing
X-rated graphics that are available. The Internet is full of graphics and literature that is
inappropriate for children to view. Many people feel that this 'pornography should be
limited or even banned from computer networks because children are able to view such
images and text' (Internet Regulation 35). This censorship would include any indecent
photographs, letters, and obscene language. It would limit the amount of pornographic
material that could be viewed. But, by censoring all forms of indecency they may limit
the amount of research material available for access. The United States Senate has
approved a bill that would censor the Internet. This bill is known as the Communications
Decency Act, or CDA. The CDA is so strict that it 'could censor on-line booksellers,
human rights organizations, information regarding both AIDS and safe sex, and...