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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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Pussy pussy pussy

    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.

  • 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.

  • NO, the government should leave the internet alone

    Information wants to be free. The government should not have the ability to control freedom of thought. Unfortunately, some people will use that freedom for bad causes, but government should be involved in controlling those bad people and not the internet. If we put the power to control the internet into the hands of government, that power itself can be abused. I would rather know there are websites that offer illegal or undesirable content than not know what I am being blocked from seeing.

  • No, the internet should not be regulated by the government.

    The internet provides the general public with important information that the government may want to hide for one reason or another. Transparency is an important idea to both business and government activities, and since both the business and government sector do not provide adequate transparency (or information to the public) it's up to the internet to fill in as many of these holes as it can.

  • Absolutely Not.

    The Internet is one of the last free grounds for Americans. it is one of the last places that the government has not taken control of. All the people of the world own and have created the Internet, and we should not be restricted or regulated in our use of it.

  • It would mean a loss of free speech.

    The Internet is a global tool used for education, communication, and business. If the UN were to regulate it, it would result in a loss of free speech. Also we would be censored and denied our right to the information the government doesn't want us to see, such as what is on Wikileaks. You have to remember the Internet was created by the people, not the government.

  • No freaking way!

    My reason is because the entire world cannot be taxed the same way. The USA already is in a high amount of debt and they would only end up wasting more money like they are currently. They should find another solution for the problems they have caused without ruining it for the rest of the world.

  • Who would regulate it?

    The Internet is an international tool. The United States of America are not the only people who use the Internet. Who is to say that the Internet is America's (or anyone for that matter) to regulate? The Internet doesn't "belong" to the government, it was created for the people who use it.
    Yes, there are things on the Internet that society frowns upon, such as child pornography, online trolling, and cyber-bullying. However, with any new form of communication, it should be expected that there are people who would abuse it. But the Internet is so broad a medium, that not only would it be nearly impossible to regulate, even if we found someone suitable to regulate it.

  • A Free Place For Everyone

    The Internet is a means for people all over the world to explore, to expand their knowledge, to communicate, to receive information. If they are to be restricted by the government and the law, the purpose of the Internet is defeated. What good is this huge bounty of information and data if people are unable to utilize it fully?

  • I do not believe that the internet should be regulated by the Government.

    This is because, by allowing them to do this you are enabling them to control your views. Also, although many people believe that this will help to target terrorism, it also invades the privacy of ordinary members of the Public. Why does the government need to know minor details e.g. what you like to buy on the internet? I dont believe this is necessary, therefore I do not think the government should be allowed to regulate the internet. I suggest instead that they gain the ability to gain knowledge of suspected criminals, as opposed to snooping on ordinary and innocent civilians.

  • Freedom of speech

    Governments control enough things already. That's just the governments of the world taking what is truly ours, not the governments. Us users of the Internet frown upon child pornography and that stuff. We try to do what we can but its not the governments to control. Pretend a giant movement is going around to stop the NSA but they just shut it down. This means corruption could happen and the internet would be used and controlled by the rich. Governments could stay in as long as they want if you give them that power. There are too many possibilities.

  • Impossible to Regulate

    It is impossible to regulate the Internet because if a country wants to put down a site such as Facebook due to political issues in that country is it really fair that the rest of the world cannot access that website? One of the biggest problems we will face if we regulate the Internet is exactly what should be regulated because all countries have their own opinion. We all are culturally and religiously different which affects our opinion


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