Protect the Freedom of Expression on the Internet
The internet has increased financial and creative prosperity in a way that was unimaginable in the past.
The internet has brought great resources, allowing not only established industries more circulation channel over a wider geographical area but it has helped individuals, through e-bay for example, and small independent business to boom.
The internet is growing at an incredible rate and is a great resource for mass communication and information. It can be used to spread information everywhere in the world at a nominal cost. It is one of the most reachable forms of information in the world.
However, not all information on the internet has a good use. In the past few years, there has been a rising worry over readily available information on the internet.
Censorship is primarily contrary to the idea of free speech.
Censoring any material basically, blinds the public to a complete worldview. It assumes the condescending view that ordinary citizens basically cannot read extreme material without recognizing the error in it.
If you have had access to sites which contains opinions that may not go down on the right side of a topic, does that mean that you will blindly be in agreement to it? No, of course, you wouldn’t. You have the ability to condemn what you consider to be ethically dubious.
“The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen” - Tom Smothers
It is contradictory for a government to state the general benefits of free speech then act in a deceitful manner by blocking certain areas of the internet.
Given that the internet is used as a global and public space, the government has no right to the information, which may be accessible on the internet. The internet is not nation-specific. The government’s job is to run a country. They are not our babysitters.
Any action or legislation that supports the ignorance of the people, by hiding information and the reality of the circumstances, is completely unacceptable. It is much better to let folks make their own choices. Bear in mind! We vote for leaders, not babysitters.
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