Internet Legislation

Internet Legislation

With the recent popularity of the Internet
many topics concerning it have hit main street media. One of these
topics is legislation to control its certain aspects. Legislation
is now one of the feuded discussions when it comes to the Internet, and
through my report I hope to shed some light on this topic of conterversy.

The Internet by definition is an
international web of interconnected government, education, and business
computer networks--in essence, a network of networks. A person at a computer
terminal or personal computer with the proper software communicates across
the Internet by placing data in an Internet Protocol (IP) packet--an electronic
envelope--and "addressing" the packet to a particular destination on the

Internet. Communications software on the intervening networks between the
source and destination networks. And these collections of networks linking
millions of servers (computers) together, where in essence one computer
can access info from another. The Internet was first formed in the
lats 60\'s by the military as a form of communication incase of nuclear
attack. Just recently in 1984 is when it was first opened to the
everyday consumer as a form of communication. After a few years of
mild aknowledgement of its assistance, From a thousand or so networks in
the mid- 1980s, the Internet has grown to an estimated 30,000 connected
networks in 1994 with about 25 million people having access to it. it all
of a sudden boomed with popularity with networks expanding at an exponential
rate. And with the networks came multi billionaire business such as American


Along with information the Internet
has links to other more unmoral forms of entertainment, on of these is
pornography, "porn" of the past few years has taken up more than one half
of the web pages on the Internet (about 4¼ out of 10 web pages are
porn) a number which has caused much dismay with users and nonusers alike.

Those who support porn on the Internet say its with in there rights and
everybody should have access to it. But parents are afraid that the

Internet carries a large number of minor users who with almost no Internet
experience can access porn. Only Legislation that currently exsists is

We start with the federal Communications Decency Act of 1996, a controversial
piece of legislation signed into law by President Clinton on February 8,

1996, and now under legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union
and others. The Communications Decency Act bans the communication of "obscene
or indecent" material via the Internet to anyone under 18 years of age.
(Telecommunications Act of 1996, Section 502, 47 U.S.C. Section 223[a].)

Probably the most conterversial of
topics on legislation, is the right of free speech on the Internet, currently
the Internet has no laws preventing anything said on the Internet.

But supporters of the bill say that the Internet should follow the same
guidelines concerning speech as the public television does (in part because
of the large number of young children on the net) Opposes of the Internet
legislation it is within there freedom of speech to say what ever they
wish. Currently there are many bills that are being voted on to carry
out a ban on free speech. If this bill is passed all servers will
have a program embedded in there speech prossers that when ever a word
against the law is written it will come out something like this ("*%^$#)

Hate pages is probably the next
topic that surrounds conterversy many cults and hate organizations such
as the KKK or the Neo Nazis have set up pages on the Internet spreading
what many say are lies in hopes of recruiting new members. Hate pages
are springing up at an alarming 30,000 a year. Tough there is no
legislation banning this many servers including Geo cities Netscape, Ichat,
have banned these pages.

Current legislation that is on the
net is few. There are the basic laws that limit all communication
uses but other than that there\'s not much else. There are laws against
the display of minors in pornography, hacking in all its forms are banned,
the sale of narcotics and or weapons are also banned thought the Internet,
and the rest is up the of the servers and online users. But
it is nearly impossible to pass any other laws because many claim the right
is given through them in the constitution

In conclusion the Internet is a
very valuable tool with many uses if used properly, I myself have become
annoyed with porn, and free speech, because it limits the info on the net
(such as I try