Internet Censorship

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Raffles Design Institute
Interactive Media design

Academic Research and Communication Skills

Assignment 3 – Research Report

CENSORSHIP
Internet censorship: The Police of the Internet.

Name
Delonn Koh Siaw Wee

Lecturer
Jeremy Brett

Date
26th June 2008

Word Count
1,626

Abstract

This research examines and analyzes the role of government authorities and law enforcement groups on the censorship of internet. Many countries faces problem with the freedom of speech that insults the government and also cyber crime that hurts many humans through the internet. The effectiveness of the solution will also be evaluated.

The definition of internet censorship was being research online initially. Search engine like Google are used and site like dictionary.com proves to be useful. Books from national library are the core fundamental through this research. History of censorship, Cyber activism and censorship encyclopedia are among the reference material used in this research.

In regards to the freedom of expression have always been different between the east and west continent. The Chinese government proves that the control of internet communication can be achieved unless the government have no interest or will. In the west, companies that operates through the internet had it’s share of problem and engaged the help of government and law enforcement groups in order to maintain the order and harmony within the cyber dimension. And all these implementation yield successful result and still remains as one of the most effective way.

The government does not want to try to control everything on the internet. They strived to create an Internet that is free enough to support and maintain the world’s economy and yet closed enough to tamp down political threats to its monopoly on power. The involvement of governments and law enforcement groups proves vital in securing and maintaining the order in Internet.

Table of Contents

Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………………….i Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………………...ii 1. INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………………………..1 1.1 Objectives……………………………………………………………………………...2 2. METHODLOGY…………………………………………………………………………….2 3. ANALYSIS: Internet Censorship: The Police of the Internet………………………..3-4 3.1 Cyber crime: The other side of the globe………………………………………….5 4. CONCLUSIONS……………………………………………………………………………6 List of References………………………………………………………………………………..6

1.INTRODUCTION

The definition of censorship is ‘the act or practice of censoring’ and censoring is ‘Prohibition or suppression of what is considered morally politically, or otherwise objectionable, be it speech, action or expression in any forms’ (dictionary.com). Opennet.net states that internet censorship are limiting access to internet content in hope of “securing intellectual property rights,” “protecting national security,” “preserving cultural norms and religious values,” and “shielding children from pornography ad exploitation.

According to Jones (2001, p1201), global civil liberties organizations condemned the actions taken by government in regards to internet censoring and stated that:

“all governments should recognize that the internet is not a local, or even national, medium, but a global medium in which regional laws have useful effect. “Top-down” censorship efforts not only fail to prevent the distribution of material to users in local jurisdiction, but constitutes direct assault on the rights and other interests of internet users and service providers in other jurisdictions, not subject to the censorship law in question”

Internet censorship and content restrictions can be enacted through a number of different strategies like technical blocking, search results removals, take down and induced self-censorship. As the freedom of speech seems to be more prevalent than it ever had been after the invention of Internet, the governments and...
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