The Internet is changing the political, the legal and the societal infrastructure at large. As the Internet becomes more and more widespread around the world, and as more and more people become avid Internet users, governmental and private agencies are aiming to regulate content (Internet Censorship). A speed limit is being set in the Information Super Highway—but what should the speed limit be? How can restrictions and censorship be placed upon such a revolutionary vehicle for communication and expression? Is it necessary? Moreover, how can principles of free speech within democratic nations be not suffer from these restrictions How can freedom be unscathed by Internet censorship? This dilemma raises many issues and is yielding little, if any, resolution at the current moment. The Middle East, North America and east and central Asia are among the nations that have begun to put speed limit signs up on Internet freedom (Internet Censorship).
History teaches us that where there is law and restriction, there are those who are ready to oppose and disobey it. The Internet censorship quandary is arousing the interest of rebels with a cause, primarily led by the efforts of the group Anonymous. This Internet activist group has been taking the censorship situation into their own hands by hacking into a series of websites and “temporarily disabling them to express their frustration towards banned sites and blocked contents” in India (Jason, 2013). They are also pushing the use of VPNs forth, allowing people to navigate through the Internet without constraint, in a concealed and secure fashion (Avinash, 2009). While this is one way to address the situation, it does not produce a viable, long-term solution.
Human civilization is settling into a techno-social ecology. The Internet is probably the most eminent system of communication humanity has encountered. This dynamic cyber network is rapidly changing, morphing, evolving– and the human race symbiotically engaged along side it. Still, it is far, far from a virtual utopia.
Will this vehicle become a road block? How much will we be restricted? What liberties will we lose? Will we become prisoners of our own device? Most importantly, how can we regulate something we can hardly understand?
We need to ask the right questions before we can begin to even consider answers.
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Internet Censorship. (n.d). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship
Jason. (2013 APR 25) Anonymous retaliates against internet censorship in India. Realismbdo. Retrieved from:http://realismbdo.blogspot.com/2013/04/anonymous-retaliates-against-internet.html