The paper "Australia Media, Society and Politics" is a great example of an assignment on media. Question One: What is meant by Internet Cultures and why has it proved to be so difficult to regulate the internet There exist various definitions of the term internet culture with the most common one been the culture that arises from the increased use and advancement of technology in the daily lives of almost all individuals around the globe. Various sources say that the term was coined in the 20th century by Al Gore but it did not have wide recognition, it was until recently that the term gained extensive notoriety in relation to popular culture and academic world with the surfacing, and the eventual recognition of the various social sites such as Facebook, Twitter as well myspace. com (Livingstone, 2005). The internet is qualitatively dissimilar with the broadcast media.
It seems to be a global community and it is by now that it is more complex, larger, interdependent, and more diverse than all the Australian cities combined as well as a conversational intermediate. Over time it has proved difficult to regulate the internet and mostly in Australia and the regulators face a number of problems in instances when they want to converge and regulate the content on the internet.
The government of Australia has not yet imposed any form of censorship or regulations on the other kinds of conversational media, for example, the telephones and pubs due to the understandable technological and social obstacles that that kind of censorship would have to encounter: this is are the same kind of challenges aligning to regulation with the regimes (Finnemann, 2007).
One of the major reasons why it is difficult to regulate the internet is based on the fact that most information that can be accessed in Australia originates from foreign sites. This makes it impossible for them to control the content through the use of Australian laws. The other reason why it is difficult to regulate information that is on the internet is based on the fact that information is broadcasted on the internet at an extreme speed. It doesn’ t seem unusual for an article that has been posted to be copied in almost every part of the world and be read by a wide range of people within a matter of hours since its origination.
In regard to this reason, no complaints entity can be expected to act with sufficient speed with the aim of preventing the global dissemination of all unclassified materials that is originating from Australian sites (Thomas & Loader, 2000). Another reason is related to the authentication standards that are applied to the internet. The authentication standards seem to poor. It seems very easy for an internet user to impersonate another individual.
Though unswerving voluntary certification ought to be achieved, there exists no technology that can enforce compulsory certification on the internet (Satola, 2007). The other reason is related to the fact that local users of the internet cannot in any way controlled from employing anonymity and encryption services devoid of causing severe marketable losses to Australia. The availability of these services removes the possibility of definitely determining accountability for the offensive material. Legislation to confine the privileges of Australians in the employment of strong and valid cryptography cannot be effective against criminals, but on the other side, it would criminalize commercial electronic safety and personal privacy in most electronic media (Argyle & Shields, 1996).
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