Internet Censorship : Laws effecting the Internet

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Journalism & Communication
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INTERNET CENSORSHIP: LAWS AFFECTING THE INTERNET Name: Institution: Abstract This paper seeks to look into the various aspects of internet censorship and the laws affecting the internet. The issues surrounding internet censorship and internet or cyber laws are somewhat recent.


Therefore, this paper will give highlights on the existing internet laws and how these laws have been over the past years. The research will also touch on areas that may need improvement, whether there is room for improvement of the current situation and recommendations on what new strategies can be implemented. Internet censorship may be termed as the suppression of access or publishing of certain information on the internet. This censorship may be carried out by the government of the time or by private organizations working hand in hand with the government or on its behalf. Individual members of the public may also carry out self-censorship for reasons such as religion, business, legal concerns, or even morality (Bidgoli, 2003). There have been varied opinions regarding this topic with debates arguing for and against censorship (Bidgoli, 2003). The extent to which internet censorship is applied differs from one country or state to another. In some countries, there is little restriction while in others, the issue is handled with a lot of seriousness and governments have gone as far as limiting discussions amongst citizens and suppressing access of certain information. Censorship may also occur when issues revolving politics are extremely sensitive, for instance, during elections. ...
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