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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

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    People watchin too much damn porn and gettin cum all over the house and im supposed to be cleaning that shit up. Im tired of fucking being their slave so i say stop to cum. All these bitches walking around with limp dicks smh. Im tired of coming home seeing my 3 year old jacking off to bukkake porn.

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  • 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
    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.

  • The fat cats want a bigger piece of the pie.

    Right now any user regardless of race, creed, religion or "WEALTH" can log on search, view, post on any site they have a desire to. When companies advertise there business to attract clients to view their business and or products online it should not have to include what income range or broadband range they would like to appeal to. When advertising in a newspaper or direct mail you may chose an area, for the most part you are not choosing income level. Its just another way for the companies that offer Internet services to increase their revenue when it works just fine the way it is. I'm not against companies making money, why should they be entitled to earn more money off what was not designed or invented by them. When TimeWarner blocked CBS being viewed if you were using timewarner broadband. Many people were outraged, some even cancelled their service. What is wrong with the way the Internet is currently working? The fat cats want are being greedy and want a bigger piece of the pie when they are not actually entitled to it.

  • Internet should not be regulated.

    When we speak about something being regulated, I wonder about who or what is supposed to regulate internet? Is this government? In this case, it would never work. If this are corporations - then we automatically give it up into their greedy hands - and they'll make sure to make their profit on our basic right.
    I won't claim that internet resembles our right to free speech because it's so much more. It's rather our right to free knowledge and information that it provides. When I read comments of those who are FOR internet regulation, I am rather surprised. I don't understand the reason to sensor internet. We have a mouth - does it need to be regulated by anything else then beholder? No it doesn't. You choose what you say - and it's better something coherent. I would also avoid comparing internet regulation to parental control, because parental control deals with your personal computer, but internet is an extremely powerful thing to be controlled by both bureaucratic organization, or greedy Scrooge. As for those parents who want to stop their children from watching porn - you'll never succeed. Just remember yourself in their age. If they really want it - they'll find the way to do it.
    And lastly, some people say that it needs to be regulated because of the security reasons. I'd agree with this, however, as it's been proven, government is not able to successfully do it. All they can do is collect our emails or calls, and use their base when there's a need. If this is their way of "securing" our online live, I'd better get off this train.

  • Should they be able to find every little detail of your life? Absolutely not.

    We have the freedom of speech. The government, back in the day was limited to very few tasks, and regulating the people and their conversations was NOT one of them. The government regulates the news and internet, keeping certain things from the general public. We have the freedom of speech, and our natural rights include the right of pursuit of happiness. If for some disturbing reason your pursuit of happiness is to search perverted stuff on the internet, the government can do nothing to stop you. The government also tries to keep news stories from the public, and who knows, they may even delete this comment. I am not a person paranoid of "conspiracies", but I do know that the government keeps things from the public, and we have the right to know.
    I would like to send a shout-out to my fellow teenagers out there: I am 16 years old and I genuinely care about the freedoms the government is taking away from the people every single day. I invite you to do the same. Take a stand to protect our rights.

  • It's Fundamental to free speech

    For centuries ordinary people have had no voice and now we do this creates a problem for governments as they want to control us. I admit the internet has bad point but if you are that easily offended you shouldn't be on the internet. Using the internet many scandals have been exposed and spread across the world this wasn't possible in yesteryear.

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