Copyright c William S. TEXT: I. After searching for and retrieving links for cyberporn, 4 we discover that by simply clicking through various legal disclaimers in the form of hypertext links Web pages emerge with pornographic images interspersed with banners advertising various porn stars, nude teens, live sex shows, and hundreds of channels of streaming adult video. Cyberporn is not the only type of content, however, that nations have chosen to regulate. Rather, in policing the Internet, some nations have prohibited content based on broad terminology, such as being against public interest or public morality, which extends government censorship well beyond cyberporn.
How Countries Are Regulating Internet Content
Regulating Cyberporn: Who's Job is it?
Governments around the world, claiming they want to protect children, thwart terrorists and silence racists and hate mongers, are rushing to eradicate freedom of expression on the Internet, the international "network of networks," touted as the Information Superhighway. It is particularly crucial now, in the early stages of vast technological change, that governments reaffirm their commitment to respect the rights of citizens to communicate freely. A G7 Ministerial Conference on the Information Society and Development to be held in South Africa from May , should be used as a platform to repudiate the international trend toward censorship and to express unequivocal support for free expression guarantees on-line. Restrictions on Internet access and content are increasing worldwide, under all forms of government. Censorship legislation was recently enacted in the United States, the birthplace of the Bill of Rights as well as of this new communications medium and, for better or worse, a model for other nations' Internet policies. The Clinton administration claims the law will protect minors from "indecent" material and appears unconcerned that it will reduce on-line expression between adults to what may be deemed suitable for a child. Other democratic countries are following suit.
Can the Internet be regulated?
There is bipartisan policy for the provision of wide access to the Internet. The Internet can enhance democracy, provide people with wide access to information and promote their membership of groups with similar interests. It is necessary to understand how the Internet differs from familiar media communication technologies in order to understand the practicability of regulating it. The Internet is not a single thing. It is more like a set of communication standards that let computers talk to each other.
Introduction II. History of the Internet III. Conceptually, the Internet is a wondrous creation. In this unique forum, all people can advance their ideas without facing the bias or prejudice of others with regard to their race, religion or ethnicity.