The internet is a vital tool in shaping the society. Digital technology is rapidly evolving and faster data transfer rate as well as internet connectivity using the mobile phone and the other devices have opened up the communication field with huge impact to the social changes. The internet is an imperative tool in promoting social changes and bringing about interaction that can help different cultures mingle. The internet has also be blamed for a demoralizing the society by fostering violence, encouraging the influx of phonographic materials, sex exploitation, illegal trade, encouraging children to sex, promotion of immoral behavior and other numerous social ills.
This study focuses on censorship of the internet as a means of guarding the degradation of social values and norms and also as a means of fostering social interactions and shaping the society in a positive manner. Bell (1997) investigated the social impact of the digital communication and determined that the use of such devices would have both positive and negative effects. Castells (1996) argues that, the digital communications provide the material basis for pervasive expansion. Castells adds that, the internet will result to the formation of "a networking form of organization."
Internet censorship refers to the act of withholding or controlling access to some information from the information superhighway or the internet. Filters and censorware are used towards this end. Though censorship seems to block information, it has been hailed by parents and governments as vital in protecting the social norms of young children as well as preventing explicit information that may taint the cultural lifestyle of a country or encourage young children to sex. Censorship may however be abused by nations and different companies and organization to archive a selfish goal. Evil political regimes also censor internet information with a view of hampering information flow, democracy and political pressure groups views.
2.0 Information censorship
Though censorship has been used as a method of preventing young children or some members of a given culture from accessing information that may harm their religious, social and cultural norms, it has been used as a tool for discrimination. Information availed on the web is widely discriminatory. This papers studies internet information with a view of identifying the positive aspects of censorship and expose the wrongs of information discrimination at the other end.
2.1 Inequality of information