Web Censorship Essay

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| To Censor or not to Censor? | Should governments censor material on the world wide web? | | Dwayne E. Mitchell | 3/16/2012 | To Censor, or not to Censor? Should governments censor material on the world wide web? is intended to be an argumentative paper. This paper is based collectively on factual information, documented statistics and personal experience. The intent is to explore both sides to an ongoing and heated argument substantiating the view of the author which is against censorship. | Why are we having this argument? The argument or discussion on whether or not to censor the World Wide Web easily precedes the emergence of the World Wide Web itself. Since man came into the written period there have been varied opinions on what should be put in print. At that time however, the materials were controlled almost entirely by monasteries. With the advent of the Print Press however, the argument over censorship began. I intend to focus narrowly on the argument of censorship as it pertains to the United States the U.S. Constitution and the World Wide Web. It is my opinion that we must preserve freedom from government intrusion on the World Wide Web based on the U.S. Constitution which states in the First Amendment, that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise as noted on the website of the Whitehouse. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievance. (Whitehouse.gov, The Constitution) What is the World Wide Web? The World Wide Web came into existence between the years of 1989 and 1990. The founding concepts and ideas behind the World Wide Web were created and drafted by Tim Berners-Lee. The original intent of the World Wide Web was to share information between users freely. This can easily be referenced through the W3C

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