The paper “ Making Sense of Internet Censorship” is a dramatic variant of an essay on information technology. Internet censorship involves the control or suppression of what can be accessed, published, or viewed over the internet. Internet censorship can be carried out by government or private organizations. In most cases, it is usually carried out by the government due to various reasons which include moral reasons, religious, business, societal norms, intimidation, and fear of legal consequences. The censorship has always led to criticism as well as praises from different members of the society.
This is considering the control of some of the contents is important as it has a negative impact on society. It is also important to note that internet censorship is usually carried out in many parts of the world. Many governments in Asia, as well as the Middle East, are usually involved in the internet censorship process (Burnett, 2013). The extent of internet censorship varies among different countries. In most of democratic government, the extent of internet censorship is moderate while in other countries it is more severe. The Arab spring is an example of an event that has contributed to internet censorship in most of countries.
The paper discusses how censorship can work in some instances and how it can be a detriment in society in other instances. DiscussionInternet censorship can work where it is meant to ensure that societal norms and morality is maintained. Some of the contents on the internet have a negative impact on the morality of the people. Child pornography is one of the incidences that have negative impacts on the morality of the people.
Censorship in the aspects of child morality has won a lot of support from the members of the community due to the negative impacts that it has on morality (Levis, 2012). Internet censorship, therefore, plays an important role in the protection of children from exploitation. Internet censorship has also won a lot of support from the members of the society in terms of preventing hate speech which has the potential of causing chaos in the society. Some of the internet sites are usually used for the purposes of promoting the use of illegal drugs.
All the illegal drugs are harmful and have the potential of affecting the people healthwise. Censoring such sites has, therefore, won a lot of support from the members of the society. The censorship of sites that promote the use of illegal drugs is common in most of the countries. Gambling sites have also been a target of censorship in most countries. This is because gambling has negative effects on the individuals and it is also illegal in some of the countries. The censorship of the internet is therefore important in some incidences as it is meant to protect the members of the society from being exposed to harmful information. Internet censorship has also won a lot of support from the society when it is aimed at sites that encourage or incite violence.
Encouraging violence has a negative impact on the peace and harmony within society. Some of the sites that belong to terrorist organizations usually encourage the people to be engaged in violence and hence the need for censorship. Some of the internet sites are also known for promoting criminal activities.
Criminal activities usually compromise the safety of the members of the society and hence the importance of censorship. In France and Germany, Nazi websites are usually censored as it promotes violence and hates speech (Warf, 2013). It also targets some members of the society and hence its negative effects. Internet censorship has also been encouraged with regards to the sites with blasphemous content. This is especially important when the blasphemous contents are directed at a majority of state-supported religion. Some of the internet sites also promote racism, sexism or homophobia.
Such sites have a negative impact on harmony among the members of society. The governments in most countries usually censor such sites and the censorship has received wide public support. Some of the internet sites are therefore responsible for promoting hatred and among the members of the society and hence the need for censorship. It is also important to note that the censorship of the internet in some countries has led to reduced tensions and hatred among the members of society.
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