The Internet is an awesome way of contact and a great source of
information that is becoming a lot more popular for people who are interested in, and have the time to surf the 'information superhighway'.
The major problem with this much information being reachable to this
many people is that a lot of it is called inappropriate for young people. The
government wants censorship, but a small amount of the population does not.
Legislative regulation of the Internet would not be a good thing for our
government. "The Communications Decency Act" is an amendment that stops
the Internet from becoming a computer "red light district." On June 14, 1995,
by a vote of 84-16, the United States Senate passed this amendment. It's now
being taken through the House of Representatives. The Internet is owned AND
operated by the government, and that would give them the right to restrict the
things that you can get through it.
Even though it looks like it has sprung up overnight, the vision of
free-minded hackers, it was born in the 'Defense Department Cold War' projects
of the 1950s. The US Government owns the Internet and has the responsibility
and right to decide who uses it and how it is used. The government HAS to have control on what information people are able to get from its agencies. This
information is not lawfully available through the mail OR over the telephone, so
there is absolutely no reason why they should be available otherwise. Since the
idea a network of computers, the industry has wonderfully advanced some good
blocking devices, but they are not an alternative for a well-reasoned law. Because the Internet has become one of the biggest sources of information in
the whole wide world, legislative security is necessary. The government gives...