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Title: Internet Censorship


1
Internet Censorship
  • Flora Wan
  • Computer Science 99
  • Winter 2000

2
What can be found on the net?
  • www.newdream.net/bored/messages/7699.html
  • www.dmoz.org/Computers/Hacking/Cracking/
  • www.asiadragons.com/indonesia/forum/messages/9486.
    html
  • Other examples Pornography, illegal software,
    etc.

3
The Ethical Issues
  • Columbine Shooting incident
  • Heavens Gate UFO cult
  • Children and pornography
  • Encouraging hate and violence

Columbine Shooting
Heavens Gate Cult
4
What is done about it now?
  • Administrators block web sites
  • University of Pittsburgh (www.antionline.com)
  • Internet filtering software
  • Cyber Patrol, Net Nanny, SurfWatch

5
How well does it work?
  • The Internet Filter Assessment Project
  • Committee of Librarians
  • Objectionable web sites found 78 of the time
    even when filter is used to its full capacity
  • Valid information blocked 35 of the time

6
Sites that have been blocked
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, Inc.
  • Breast Cancer Legislation page
  • Emergency Contraceptive Pills
  • Stop Prisoner Rape
  • SuperBowl XXX
  • Mars Exploration
  • The Starr Report
  • Hotmail

7
What about Freedom of Speech?
  • The First Amendment
  • Congress shall make no law . . . prohibiting the
    free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom
    of speech, or of the press . . .
  • Opportunity for freedom of speech in other
    politically repressed countries

8
What is different about the net?
  • Unlike traditional media, the internet has no
    regulation on who can broadcast material
  • Information goes beyond the borders
  • www.karlin.mff.cuni.cz/mkec6264/suicide.htm

9
What can be done about it?
  • Cut down on illegal activities
  • Child pornography
  • Pirated Software
  • Individuals should be more aware of Information
    that can be found
  • Educate children

10
Conclusion
  • Internet content should not be censored
  • 1. Censoring blocks valuable information
  • 2. Free Speech
  • 3. Infeasible to regulate the World Wide Web
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