Internet Control

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Can state control 592 million people? In 2002, 592 million people had the internet access worldwide (Rohde, 2003). The Internet can be known as a world of computers connected each other. People who are connected to the internet do not need to have passport to get information from USA, Russia, or China. “Anybody can put anything on, and with varying degrees of difficulty almost anybody can have access to it” (Weckert, 2000, 107). People can reach information any time they want. The internet does not know what are borders, time, or space. Most everything is there at any time after somebody put it on the internet. On the internet everyone can put their opinion, share feelings with others, send or receive mails and chat. For some people the internet means freedom. But some governments do not like this freedom and they would like to control it and exclude some information.

“One argument is that the Internet is different from all other media and so must be treated differently” (Weckert, 2000, 105). For this reason, the internet should not be treated like other media which are books, magazines, television. The internet has something from all of the media so it should not be controlled. Controlling of the internet will probably be ineffective, and its attempt will be perceived as a violation of people’s freedom. Also, who would define what and how the internet should be controlled; therefore, states should not control and regulate the internet content.

First of all, controlling of the internet will be ineffective. Starting controlling the internet will cost a lot of money and time. “Because the Internet was built around an end-to-end design, one cannot control the entire network through control of a small number of centralized nodes. Control can be exerted at the ends of...