Internet and Internet Security

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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...