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Should the internet be regulated by the government?

  • Yes it should be regulated

    The internet should be regulated just like television. Children should not be able to have access to free porn; people should not be able to ruin someone's life or career with postings and articles on Google; people should not be able to have access to all of your PRIVATE information.

  • The Internet should absolutely be regulated.

    People should use the Internet to do research, write e-mails but not be able to use it as a weapon to cyber bully kids, adults and business. Many people these days are just cowards, hiding behind the Internet and posting nonsense. This should be banned. People need to get a life and not destroy lives of others. There is no social responsibility or accountability any longer. Where will this all lead to? We are supposed to be civilized and not junk, yet the world is turning for the worse it seems. These "freedoms" don't lead to anything positive. Use the Internet properly but not to vent anger.

  • Yes, we need motivation.

    I believe that the internet should be regulated, I am a teenager, 16 years old. Yes i use the internet on a daily basis, but i feel that it should be regulated and use it a lot less then what we use it now. I think its safe to say that people that have an access to the internet over abuse the way it should be used. We spend most of our time on the internet instead of helping someone or going outside to enjoy the day. We take the internet too serious. The internet is an amazing tool and can be used for homework, works and for socializing but I believe we have to start using it less because its getting out of control. In the social websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, people talk about other people and that's how problems start. Many people fight over something stupid because it was said over the internet. I think we can make things better without the internet.

  • Yes

    If the internet were not regulated by the government it could become all to easy to communicate regarding terrorist activities. It would also be difficult from keeping child pornography from being stopped and those who create it punished. I believe it is a waste of the governments time and resources, however, to attempt to stop piracy.

  • The internet should be regulated in the same way that society is.

    The internet should be regulated by the government, just as other venues of media and commerce are. There is no plausible reason that something on the internet should be exempt from Intellectual property and commercial laws, as well as laws that cover other forms of media such as television and radio. The very real and dangerous presence of illegal images such as child pornography and voyeuristic videos alone are a reason that the web should not be a free-for-all. The internet should mirror society at large -- while free speech and liberties are important, we acknowledge a social contract to give up a little of our liberties in exchange for certain protections. There is nothing unusual or nefarious about that.

  • Too Much Trash

    I am a retired military member. I served 20 years defending the rights and liberties that so many people abuse or take for granted. I personally believe that some limitations should be put on the internet. There is as much misinformation on the net as good information...Heck, probably more. People will write things that they wouldn't normally say to someone. If someone's name, picture, or video is used in any article, the person it is about should be notified and and given the opportunity to approve or disapprove the information before the page is published. Porn, hate groups, terrorist tips, weapons, drugs, and the like should not be so easily available to anyone who uses the internet. Anyone can lie about their age and gain access to information or products that they should not have access to. Just saying...The general public is not responsible enough to use the internet safely or correctly. Limit it now before it's too late. Laws need to be put into place to protect our children, the irresponsible, and the ignorant.

  • We used to regulate television and movies and no one died.

    People seem to think regulation of the internet violates some principal of freedom, like free speech. Well when you have a supreme court that ludicrously equates pornography with free speech this is an understandable, but wrong position. The government used to be in the business of protecting the base unit of society, the family. Television and movies were regulated for content and with good reason--look what we have now without that oversight. We forget that freedom requires responsible behavior—we confuse liberty with license, thinking that freedom means you can do anything you want. You can’t. Not if you want a healthy civil society. Human beings as a whole and (Americans in particular) are incapable of self-regulation. People will do anything they think they can get away with and more. One of the fundamental purposes of government is to regulate the behavior of society to ensure domestic order—that is why we have laws. The internet is a conduit touching all levels of society and when that conduit spews barbarism etc. then eventually society will reflect that—you can see it already if you know what to look for (hint it’s the elephant in the living room). We now have access to more information than we did in the entire history of mankind before the internet, yet we are also more ignorant and functionally illiterate that ever before--we do nothing constructive with all that knowledge. Putting pornography and other harmful content out of reach of our children is not a violation of anyone’s rights. The problem in America now is not necessarily the internet; it is we have no concept of the proper exercise of legitimate authority. The funny thing is people seem to be angry at the idea of regulating things like pornography but no one cares that the government already regulates all our electronic communication by spying on us. If you really care about freedom (as opposed to license) then get angry about the NSA.

  • Extortion site nightmare

    These sites that ruin your reputation and hence, your livelihood, and then charge you a fee to clean up the mess they made, are IMHO the very best reason for this. The internet will be regulated in the next 10 years because of the criminal acts of people who cannot behave like decent citizens...And that is a shame.

  • Born to Porn

    Yes, the Internet should be regulated. At the moment the unrestricted access to information allows for free speech and in the right place this should be allowed. However, what many advocates of free speech fail to see is that the information, knowledge and data sometimes communicates with the wrong people. For example Porn sites are supposed to be restricted to the over 18s, yet we accept that under 18s will access them. Would it be right for your 14 year old daughter to see pornographic images? Probably not.

    Can we rely on parent's to make sure these images are not accessed by their under-age children? Probably not

    Do people who advocate that the Internet should not be regulated feel that this is acceptable and an inevitable part of unregulated Internet access? Probably.

    Parent's can regulate their child's online activity whilst in the home, but with the amount of free WiFi access around cannot regulate them when away from the home.

    We need Internet regulation to keep vulnerable members of society protected from the information that could harm them.

    Should the Government regulate the net?

    Of course they should. Who else would we trust to do such a job?

  • Born to Porn

    Yes, the Internet should be regulated. At the moment the unrestricted access to information allows for free speech and in the right place this should be allowed. However, what many advocates of free speech fail to see is that the information, knowledge and data sometimes communicates with the wrong people. For example Porn sites are supposed to be restricted to the over 18s, yet we accept that under 18s will access them. Would it be right for your 14 year old daughter to see pornographic images? Probably not.

    Can we rely on parent's to make sure these images are not accessed by their under-age children? Probably not

    Do people who advocate that the Internet should not be regulated feel that this is acceptable and an inevitable part of unregulated Internet access? Probably.

    Parent's can regulate their child's online activity whilst in the home, but with the amount of free WiFi access around cannot regulate them when away from the home.

    We need Internet regulation to keep vulnerable members of society protected from the information that could harm them.

    Should the Government regulate the net?

    Of course they should. Who else would we trust to do such a job?

  • Freedom will be terminated

    If the government regulated the Internet, then it will cause MAJOR problems with wanting freedom. What I mean is that in order to get on websites that you frequently visit, you'll have to pay the government extra money in order to do so. Probably even more than once! So essentially, they'll put a tax on major websites like YouTube and Facebook. And minor websites (with the chance that one may be owned by a family member or even you) WILL BE COMPLETELY WIPED OFF CYBERSPACE!!!!! And you might have to pay MORE money than usual: some for keeping your website up, and the rest to browse it. IT MIGHT STILL BE MORE THAN ONCE!!!!! This is why I believe that the government cannot be allowed to regulate the Internet: LOADS of taxes. And that's already a real life problem! WE DO NOT NEED OR WANT A TAX ON THE INTERNET OF ALL THINGS!!!!!!!!!!

  • People who say yes don't know how computers work.

    Yes #1: Children seeing porn.
    Yes #2: People spend too much time on the computer.
    Yes #3: Terrorism
    Yes #4: Cyber bullying
    Yes #5: Hacking

    #1. A simple Google search, could easily show you to block certain website(s) for people using the internet.
    #2. You can setup log-on schedules so that you can limit computer activity as much as you please. Also, a little self-control would help.
    #3. Terrorism will live long past the censoring of the internet, it would just restrict the people of the US to information about these subjects.
    #4. Cyber Bullying there is this awesome thing called BLOCK that allows you to block people who are harassing you online, if it is severe enough, REPORT them to the website admins, and/or authorities, if needed.
    #5. Hacking will always be around, it will never go away, id we secure the internet, hackers will be all over it, they live for the challenge.

    All in all, if you said yes, please do yourself a favor and take an internet safety class or something.

  • Education for the children

    A lot of children use the Internet for good use like homework, research papers, and we need our privacy
    PRIVACY MATTERS!
    The Internet is a very useful tool for our college, high school, middle school, and even elementary schools. Controlling the internet is controlling our lives. Give us a break. PRIVACY MATTERS!

  • If you don't like it, don't look at it.

    People are proposing we start shutting down sites, but where does it end, granted things like kiddie porn and information like this should, however it just opens a prescience to begin shutting down sites the government deems bad for us. Mind you I don't always like what is on some pages , but I think the real problem is parents don't want to have to deal with parenting their kids with the dangers of the internet. Talk to your kids about what they should be looking at. Don't ruin the best access to information ever conceived by the human race by allowing it to be regulated and used for corporate gain.

  • Its just my point of view

    Well if it were government regulated then if someone were to post some true information that is going on but the government didnt want you to know then they would take it down. Its not all about security. They monitor you they check up on everything you do. It all about world control and power.

  • We do not need further "hugs" from Big Brother.

    The Internet was designed to be a network where intellectuals could freely express their ideas without censorship and porn, of course. It is one of the last avenues relatively untouched by the encroaching bureaucracy. Even if they do regulate it, people will still get away with sordid affairs. As we have seen with regulations, they often cause much more trouble than they are really worth.

  • Absolutely not - never!

    The government can not regulate what is has now. Why would anyone think that something so complex like the internet could ever be regulated? Who would make the decisions on what is or is not on the internet? We have too much regulation now in the United States. Our society has become an "Atlas Shrugs" society and we need to deregulate. Why do you think all the manufacturing companies have moved out of the United States?

    As adults, we can regulate what our children are exposed to through our providers, if you believe that is necessary. We can turn off access and what comes into our homes. If you're too stupid to figure this out through your provider, you don't deserve to have the internet. Regulation policies are in place.

    For me though, with my children, I spent time and taught them right from wrong and good from bad. If children want to see something they will figure out how. It's better that they learn values and respect for others as they grow up. It takes extra time and patience, but it's worth it.

    It should be up to us not up to our "government"

  • Learn what it will really do!

    I look at all the "yes" support comments and it's obvious most have no clue what internet regulation means. It will not stop or even limit porn, or any other content that one might object to. It seeks only to limit our access across borders and to enforce rules that make it harder for smaller companies to enter into the industry. This applies a strangle hold on your choices to only large companies which have a history of price fixing and driving prices up such as has happened with oil and other energy products. Though controls that are difficult for private individuals and small companies to meet, causing creativity and advancement on the internet to be stifeled as well. The amazing growth and forced price competitions will come to an end.

  • No No No

    Get your hands out of my life, including my internet, government!

    The problem with censorship is that some person has to do it. Who do you trust to do your thinking for you? Parents should teach their kids right and wrong, not rely on Uncle Sam to shield they eyes and ears. What happens when the wrong people are in charge of this censorship? What happens when they decide the word freedom should be censored because it reminds people of the first amendment they no longer have access to?

  • Government regulating the Internet is like the fox guarding the hen house. It is to dysfunctional.

    First bring government to accountability and transparency then we can talk about it's role in regulating the Internet. It has such an awful record of failure in just about everything it has no credibility. The failure on the war on drugs,child porn,war on poverty,the wars in the name of government have all been failures. Imagine all the failure we will have if we allow such a dysfunctional system regulate the Internet.
    All it's efforts would be failure,all except it effort to control We The People.


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