Internet Censorship

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Internet Censorship

By | Feb. 2013
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An Infraction of Rights

This very minute, various countries are discussing the new UN/ITU proposal that grants a government the right to regulate and censor the internet. Only governments have a voice at the ITU. This includes governments that do not support a free and open Internet; meaning engineers, companies, and people that build and use the web have absolutely no say. The internet should not be censored by government because it impairs the freedom of speech and is highly opposed by it’s users.

It is stated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Article 19, that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” (U.N.) and by censoring the internet, they are in direct violation against this resolution. To make matters worse, the two countries leading the discussion are Russia and China; two countries whom oppress their innocent population with regulations on speech and opinion. While one could argue back that regulations and censoring the internet could help prevent “cyber crime” of which the FBI regards these computer intrusions and network attacks to be “The greatest cyber threat to our national security.” (McFeely). Nevertheless, hacking groups, such as Anonymous, have shown they are far more than capable of bypassing any restrictions and firewalls by hacking several governments sites. So by putting regulations on the internet, it’s mostly affecting people who don’t use the internet to do illegal activities.

More than 78% of the population in the United States use the internet, that’s over 275,000,000 just in our country. In early November of this year, the U.S. government tried to pass the bills “S.O.P.A.” (Stop Online Piracy Act) and “P.I.P.A.” (Protect Intellectual Property Act). “Both of these bills were proposed in order to force the...