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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Only for national security reasons.

    If at the very least, the internet should be regulated for the sake of national security. I personally don't care what other people search preferences are, that's their business, but any suspicious criminal and terrorist traffic has to be kept under check. If we had the authority ten years ago that we do now, 9/11 would have been exposed and 2700 lives could've been saved.

  • I would like an internet that separates between porn/gambling and general sites.

    Pornography is destructive, it ruins peoples lives. Therefore, all porn sites or gambling sites should be forced to have an EFFECTIVE "Prove you're 18" type of entrance without showing lewd pictures on the cover page. I think the majority of internet users wouldn't mind posting their adult content appropriately if so instructed.

  • Yes it should be.

    For national security reasons as well as protection of children it needs to be regulated. Just like television is regulated, Internet should also be regulated. There's a big difference by monitoring and regulating the Internet. And people get confused with that. Monitoring people or the government simply watch for someone breaking the law. Regulating the Internet is what should be displayed and to whom.

  • Regulation by its very nature sets limits to freedom, which is the most basic principle of democratic societies

    There is a contradiction intrinsic to the notion of regulating what are supposed to be the free means of expression and information in a modern society. Dennis McQuail stated that “Regulation by its very nature sets limits to freedom, which is the most basic principle of democratic societies.” At the very least, this means that there have to be clear and convincing reasons for tougher regulation, and although we can give general justifications for regulation that help to reconcile it with principles of freedom and democracy, we cannot escape from this underlying tension. The advancement in technology and the exponential growth in the online industry as well as the demand for innovative information deregulation and low monitored regulations however break the barriers that stifle the online industry and enhance its growth.

  • I am young

    I don't want to see yucky sites even Facebook is to far so it should be regulated only if they want if for example young kid like me but either way people will still put yucky and gross stuff on the internet so it doenst really matter but it should just because of the young kids

  • 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!

  • This is Communist

    China's government regulated their internet but they ARE A COMMUNIST NATION. The United States was founded on freedom and democracy, and restricting our internet would be compromising this. Next thing you know, we are going to be running away from internet Nazi's and taxes. Did we not gain our independence from Britain to get away from the insane taxes, as I recall we dubbed them to be "Intolerable Acts". If you regulate the internet the whole nation will rebel. We should NOT trust the government to regulate our internet, what are they trying to hide?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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