During the last decade, our society has become based on the sole ability to
move large amounts of information across great distances quickly. Computerization
has influenced everyone's life in numerous ways. The natural evolution of computer
technology and this need for ultra-fast communications has caused a global network
of interconnected computers to develop. This global network allows a person to send
E-mail across the world in mere fractions of a second, and allows a common person
to access wealths of information worldwide. This newfound global network,
originally called Arconet, was developed and funded solely by and for the U.S.
government. It was to be used in the event of a nuclear attack in order to keep
communications lines open across the country by rerouting information through
different servers across the country. Does this mean that the government owns the
Internet, or is it no longer a tool limited by the powers that govern. Generalities such
as these have sparked great debates within our nation's government. This paper will
attempt to focus on two high profile ethical aspects concerning the Internet and its
usage. These subjects are Internet privacy and Internet censorship.
At the moment, the Internet is epitome of our first amendment, free speech. It
is a place where a person can speak their mind without being reprimanded for what
they say or how they choose to say it. But also contained on the Internet, are a huge
collection of obscene graphics, Anarchists' cookbooks, and countless other things that
offend many people. There are over 30 million Internet surfers in the U.S. alone, and
much is to be said about what offends whom and how.
As with many new technologies, ...