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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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Lol if you think the large companies will let it happen

    Why would you let the goverment do this, like mentioned by others This means they have total access to YOU, What YOU are doing when YOU are doing it and how they can market things to YOU.

    YOU will no longer be free and this will not happen anyway

    Anonymous will not let it.

  • They are taking away our freedom.

    We all understand that technology is a new device giving to the world, but having to pay just to look for something on google is just a scheme for the government to take more money from the people. I understand that people look up awful things and the government could do minor things to change that, but making people pay to go on the internet is ludicrous. Proceeding with this debate and having the argument won could lead to awful things for America.

  • Internet freedom at Risk

    People who are voting yes do not know how the internet operates. The internet is one of the only places where freedom of speech is actually 100% accurate. Sure, offensive things can be taken down by the site it is posted on but it allows for people to come together and to speak freely.
    Along with this, if net neutrality ended then big ISPs are going to be in control. They will be able to bundle websites like they do for TV. People will be paying more for websites and will be restricted from accessing everything. Imagine going to google something and you didn't include Google in your new Internet bundle so you have to pay a fee to access it? And websites that are not as highly trafficked are going to be pushed into a slow lane and will function at a much slower rate.

  • A problem regarding the children.

    Government transformed the internet and lots of the big companies like Youtube into complete radical copyright puppets. Lots of people brag about TV for children but I see only junk. If you put your children to watch the cartoons on the TV today you make a big mistake because its TOXIC! That's why I want to find the ones from my childhood but everywhere I look most of them are deleted or are in pieces. I can't even find somewhere to buy them. I see that they leave other content far more important but is it really worth it to delete cartoons of 10-40 years old from sites like Youtube or is it something planed??? Be aware, they try to control our kids from all the junk they put on TV!

  • How would you regulate it really

    I am for protecting children from porn. Maybe websites need some type of rating system similar to movies then in your system settings you set what it will allow certain ratings similar to parental controls on you're direct tv. How you get everyone everywhere to comply I don't know.

    So it becomes nearly impossible to regulate this stuff. The nefarious actors the so called hackers and file sharers and porn pedlers, will out innovate the government they already do. They manage to catch a few but it pales in comparison to how many are out there.

    So it then becomes a matter of we put all these regulations on what can and can't be on there and it only inhibits those of us not savvy enough to get around it. Which should in theory protect the children. Problem is the kids are smarter than the adults when it comes to this stuff and they will find a way.

    So I guess my point is we will end up creating a whole new innefective government agency that will spend money endlessly and accomplish little.

    Similar to the war on drugs we spend billions fighting drugs but there's more users than ever before and prisons full of non violent offenders costing huge amounts of money and not really accomplishing much. So we going to lock grandma up for clicking on the wrong website.

    I really think it will end up bad. Instead of online startups making business. They will creat online business lisences and fees and crazy crap like that all in the name of funding their cyber war let's just not go there please. The criminals will just invent ways around it all and the government will possibly make it unusable In the process. We will have DMV style waiting lists to visit websites or who knows what crazy stuff our government will come up with.


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