The internet is still so new that the world isn’t quite completely sure what to do with it. It is like a brand new state where the government is still trying to work things out. Certain demographics fear the internet’s endless possibilities and what people have figured out how to do with it, while other demographics love the internet’s endless possibilities and what people have figured out how to do with it. Myself and almost everyone born into a generation where the internet became a common part of your life growing up seem to rather enjoy the internet how it is and wouldn’t really do much to change it. But there are still many people who want to limit and/or change the internet and its power. So here’s the thing; who is right and who is wrong? Well quite simply it isn’t that simple. There is no black and white the internet is all grey.
The thing about the internet is that since it is endless there is so much variety of what you can find on it. Much of the internet is made up of sites that wouldn’t really need any regulation other than their own. Sites that represent companies, let’s say bestbuy.com, are not going to put anything that might seem unsuitable for all ages on their website, because they want to seem professional and sell all their products to all age groups, while doing as little to no offending in the process. So all these types of sites are all pretty much self-regulated, but there is still the rest of the internet. I don’t know exact stats but I would assume most of the internet is made up of user generated content. Stuff that anyone could make sitting on their computer at home and then upload it to a website in minutes or even seconds. And it is all of this material that causes almost all the issues and controversy with the internet and regulation.
Now I am in no way experienced enough in this type of field to say how the internet should be run, and what and how should we regulate, but what I do know is that I am pretty happy with the way the internet is in its current state. With that said you can’t have zero regulation on a place where almost anything is possible and sites have to monitor and sometimes regulate what content goes on their pages. In the first article, “The Slippery Slope of Facebook regulation” by David Glance, I liked the explanation of how Facebook regulated its content. It talked about how the users of Facebook would determine if content was obscene or offensive and needed to be taken off the site; much like a democracy does its voting. Now that sounds like a good system for regulation but that could only work on certain sites, and even sites that use that method of regulation still have some other ways they regulate their site as well.
With the internet being so new, massive, and foreign it makes you wonder if we will ever sort out this problem of internet regulation. I am curious and scared about what might happen in the future. But my question to you is, do you think the internet will ever be clearly regulated and what do you think will happen in the future with internet and regulation?