The Emergence of Digital Dilemna

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"The internet caters to the best and the worst of human nature and needs regulation to stop depravity flooding cyberspace."

-Pope John Paul.

The World Wide Web started as an idea that focused around the government's need to communicate if there was a real war. In 1964 the Cold War was at its peak, the Advanced Researched Projects Agency, or ARPA began researching and developing a way to get computers to communicate with each other. The government scientists who were developing networking technology in the 1960's knew that what they were building would be far bigger than them; nobody, however, could have predicted the explosion in Internet access that has been seen in the past decade.

The Internet has revolutionized the computer and communications world like nothing before. It is at once a world-wide broadcasting capability, a mechanism for information dissemination, and a medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location.

It is the new frontier that is radically transforming almost every aspect of how we communicate and with whom we communicate with. However behind it, the Internet, as well as its technological offspring's the World Wide Web has been compared to the Wild West, because no one owns the network and there is no law and regulations. In consequence of the growth of the Internet, there have been increasing calls for its regulation from many sides. The Internet is growing, growing in the number of users and growing in public perception. The matter of concern to most people today is that it is growing much faster than the pace of law.

According to The Emerging Digital Economy, an April 2000 report published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, advances in information technology driven by the growth of the Internet, have contributed a...