This is an essay on the freedom that the internet allows

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At present, the Internet is the ultimate demonstration of the first amendment: free speech. Here is a place where people can speak their mind without being punished for what they say or how they choose to say it. Freedom is the ability for one to express and exchange information and ideas without any delegating authority. The Internet owes its incredible worldwide success to its protection of free speech, not only in America, but also in countries where such freedoms are not guaranteed. For some, it is the only place where they can speak their mind without fear of political or religious persecution.

Everyone has heard of the Internet and how it is going to help set the world free. The Internet is the fastest growing form of communication and is becoming more and more commonplace in the average American home. Companies these days do big business over the Internet, and online shopping has grown tremendously in the last few years.

For instance, the online auction site eBay sells millions of items every year online. Many companies are making even more plans to expand their business to the Internet. Wireless, borderless communication and the uninterrupted flow of information have been to bringing democracy, education, and culture to every corner of the world with a phone line.

In recent years, America and other leading countries' economies have become increasingly dependent on the need to instantly move large amounts of information across long distances. Computerization has changed everyone's life in ways that were never before imagined. The global network of interconnected computers allows people to send electronic mail messages across the world in the blink of an eye and stay updated on world events as they happen; the world has become a much smaller place as a result of this global...