This week our class discussed regulating the internet. Obviously there are pros and cons of regulating the internet. My question is, do they pros outweigh the cons?
First I’ll start with a some Pro’s of regulating the internet:
Terrorism, child pornography, human trafficking and hate crimes; (no they’re not pros) regulating the internet wouldn’t prevent such acts, though the internet is a large medium in which people spread such negativity. With access to limitless information, we receive the good and the bad. From the beginning of the semester we’ve learned that technology is just a medium through which people put their ideas. With regulation, we may be able to rid negative things which anger us or cause harm on the internet. What about divided issues like homosexuality? Just because it offends some, everything related to it must be taken off the internet?
Internet fraud could be prevented with the regulation of the internet. No longer would businesses and individuals have to worry about those fake emails promising millions. Just the other day I found an e-mail from pay pal confirming a purchase of a white gold men’s watch which would be sent to me within the next week. The e-mail looked exactly like a confirmation e-mail which pay pal would send complete with the logo and purchase information. I called pay pal and they instructed me to forward the e-mail so they could take “legal” action against the e-mail sender. Another example of internet fraud can happen within online dating services, Catfish anyone? People build close, intimate relationships, ask for money and mysteriously disappear.. hmm.
Okay, what about some cons?
Personally, I can think many many cons. The first is, the flow of information would be restricted. Where else would we learn random facts like this:
… from a library? Ha. No longer would we have the same freedom to spread ideas and communicate.
Of course, those are only a couple of pros and cons..
What are some other pros and cons which come from regulating the internet?
And do the pros outweigh the cons of internet regulation?