Internet Censorship is a Violation of Human Rights
Internet censorship is a deliberate control, suppression or regulation of the contents of the internet. Internet censorship is practiced by private organizations or government agencies for various reasons such as the need to conform to societal norms, conformity to government regulations and for commercial, moral, and religious reasons.
The protection, promotion, and enjoyment of the internet come in the wake of the acknowledgment that the internet offers an array of divergent and convergent information at one place. It is possible that information touching on economic, political, religious as well as cultural tenets can easily be found through the internet. Finding such information without restrictions is beneficial not only for students but also for policy makers during research and policy formulation.
Countries such as China, Turkey, and North Korea, cite political as well as economic motivations for censoring social media such as twitter and facebook, which, on the other hand are important in improving international interactions. Censoring social media is a violation of human rights under freedom of opinion and expression that, bestows inherent freedom to hold opinions without being interfered. Citizens also have a right to seek, receive, and disseminate information regardless of geographical distances through any media including twitter, facebook and YouTube.
Internet censorship is no panacea for economic or commercial benefits. With internet freedom, consumers are able to purchase goods and services online, which is a convenient way of accessing international as well as local markets. Through the internet, manufacturers are able to communicate with consumers, hence personalizing and expanding their market niche. As such, censoring social media violates an individual`s right to trade and earn a living which is a fundamental human need.
In the digital era, the internet has changed the...
...Internet: Censorship versus HumanRights
Jesslyn Sung 10/02/2011
What is your ideal picture of a free-speech internet where your humanrights as are prioritized?
Since Hillary Clinton’s landmark speech last year, "Remarks on internet Freedom", the net today promotes a more open internet with humanrights. The internet revolution is further supported by the social networks services such as Facebook and Twitter, where people’s right of freedom of speech and expression seemed to be ungovernable. However, the ongoing Wikileaks has trialed and tried to expose the Australian government’s loyalty towards this principle.
On 3rd February 2011, Australian communication minister, Stephen Conroy, was asked whether or not the Australian government is going to cut off the internet access in cases like the Egyptian crisis in order to escape from protestors. In response, Conroy assured the mass media that such phenomena could never happen in Australia.
“…Australia’s a vibrant democracy, where the government doesn’t control the internet…”
If so, what are internetcensorships and blockings for?
This is the propaganda of internet freedom in Australia. Australian government takes full control of the filtering process of the...
...An Infraction of Rights
This very minute, various countries are discussing the new UN/ITU proposal that grants a government the right to regulate and censor the internet. Only governments have a voice at the ITU. This includes governments that do not support a free and open Internet; meaning engineers, companies, and people that build and use the web have absolutely no say. The internet should not be censored by government because it impairs the freedom of speech and is highly opposed by it’s users.
It is stated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of HumanRights; Article 19, that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” (U.N.) and by censoring the internet, they are in direct violation against this resolution. To make matters worse, the two countries leading the discussion are Russia and China; two countries whom oppress their innocent population with regulations on speech and opinion. While one could argue back that regulations and censoring the internet could help prevent “cyber crime” of which the FBI regards these computer intrusions and network attacks to be “The greatest cyber threat to our...
...activities involved shows that more and more people are using internet for various purpose such as searching, commenting and communication, also times become more frequent than before. There are critical for us to discuss whether internet is an open platform for anyone to do anything. Being censored by the local government is a restriction of internet freedom undoubtedly, paralleling this overall dual perspective, it also is an indispensable protection for national citizens.
Based on general knowledge, internet is a platform with decentralized nature which can operate independently and privately. In recent years, its nature has been changed. The government can censors every citizens resources of information as well as communication such as the websites accessed, email content and social networking tools by blocking netizens from accessing specific websites and filtering the sensitive wording.
According to R.K., V.D., K.C. (2013, p.2), there are two types of censorship which are technical censorship and non-technical censorship. Technical censorship as the name suggests, the utilization of technical system such as different kind of filters and redirection are applied to users software and code to scout and censor the path of internet services of the user, it has no legal base to support but the authority and government are likely use. While...
...Everyone has heard of the Internet and how it is going to help set the world free. The Internet is the fastest growing form of communication and is becoming more and more common in the home. Companies these days do big business over the Internet, and online shopping has grown tremendously in the last few years. For instance, the online auction site eBay sells millions of items every year online. Many companies are making even more plans to expand their business to the Internet. Unfortunately, there have been numerous attempts lately to censor the Internet. If the Internet is controlled, regulated, restricted, or censored it will have harsh effects on its capabilities.
In recent years, America's economy has become increasingly dependent on the need to instantly move large amounts of information across long distances. Computerization has changed everyone's life in ways that were never before possible. The global network of interconnected computers allows people to send electronic mail messages across the world in the blink of an eye and stay updated on world events as they happen; the world has become a much smaller place as a result of this global communication and exchange of ideas. There have also become thousands of online "communities" of people who share common interests through message boards, chat rooms, and electronic mailing lists (Wilmott 106). Right now, the...
...Today, internet is the most helpful technology which is used worldwide among the society. It helps us in our everyday life because it is utilised by people of all ages in various aspects of life. Internet is also used to communicate among each other, such as sending emails and messages. Other than that, for example if someone has a distant relationship or even families from other countries, there is also a website called Skype, where we can see and talk to each other through the computer. Facebook is also another website where people keep in touch with others and are able to make new friends. According to the statistics shown from December 1995 to June 2012, there is an increase of approximately 2,400 million internet users from all over the world (Internet World Stats, 2012). This clearly shows that internet has played a big role in helping us in many ways. In recent years, internetcensorship has been a globally discussed topic among governments as well as the public. There are a few of the internet users that want some of the internet information to be censored. Contrary to common belief that internet content can be damaging and should be censored, censorship in the internet should not be encouraged because it impacts the growth of economy, freedom of speech and expansion of knowledge.
One of the main...
Internetcensorship is carried out by governments for many reasons to prevent users from accessing certain sites and sharing information. It restricts Internet users from accessing certain information and also controls what can be published or viewed. It can be used in response to riots, protests and elections, since the internet makes it very easy for events like these to be organized. Internetcensorship has been going on for the past decade and has caused rise to a lot of controversy. It varies for different countries and has become a big issue relating to humanrights and freedom.
Internetcensorship has many advantages. It can protect citizens from inappropriate content, for example a child will be protected from any websites showing adult content like pornography. It can also help reduce and prevent illegal activity. For example, illegally downloading music. It has also been initiated to prevent riots and protests, like with the Arab Spring. The Internet made spreading the news of protests and riots very easy, leading to more revolutionary acts. This caused Internet in some of these countries to be completely inaccessible at times. Another advantage is that the chance of online identity theft is reduced, which...
In writing this essay I aim to give an insight into one of, if not the most important issue on the Internet today, that of censorship. I will first give a brief outline as to how the Internet came about and how it works, as this is needed to understand how the Internet can or cannot be censored. I will also give reasons why governments and individuals want to censor theInternet, attempts that have been made, and why people are opposed to these attempts at censorship. Lastly I will outline if censorship of the Internet is practicable or achievable and give my own viewpoint.
According to (Kristula 1997) the beginnings of the Internet can be traced back to 1969. APRA (The Advanced Research Projects Agency) a division of the American Department of Defence created a network of four servers called the APRANET. Its purpose was to decentralise information on the network so that in the event of a nuclear war information would still flow over the network. Information passed around it until it reached its destination, it was not necessary to follow any particular route. It is this key point the fact that there is no one place through which all information passes that, as I will explain in more detail later makes censorship difficult if not impossible. The network expanded in size and speed as...
...Nationwide InternetCensorship and the right to freedom of Speech and Opinion.
In nations such as China, the Government controls what journalists write and who they interview, what statistics you are allowed to know and what TV programs you can easily watch as well as individual access of internet. When all your channels of information are censored you can't be certain about what is really going on around you – in your neighborhood, your city, your country, or the world which infringes on the humanright of freedom and opinion. However, t he reason as to why it’s so is because the government wants to silence dissent and opposition in the name of harmony and social stability.
InternetCensorship comes with its impact on the society. As the internet contains a lot of information many people feel that the government should regulate the information and material that is available on the internet as it may be inappropriate and immoral for the society especially the youth. However, the regulation of information on the internet takes away people's right to free speech therefore People should have control over the material they and their children can access themselves as the Internet is something that they buy access to and which they then choose to surf on their own....