Internet Regulations Essay

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Internet Regulations. The internet is exponentially growing. Due to the growing number of cities, more households are accessing the internet through their computers and other devices such as the mobile phone. It is modern to use the internet to do various things, such as reading the news, watching movies, doing schoolwork, so that one may easily organize their fast-paced lifestyle. In its primary objective the internet was created to help the military with communications, but since 1982 and the invention of TCP/IP (smith), the internet opened to the public and gave the means for people to communicate and access information, from across the globe. Sharing information and data is a big part of what makes up the internet so freedom of speech and idea play an important role for some who use it. Data can be copied, uploaded by one party and then downloaded by another party. This causes concern for those who own intellectual property because data can be copied accurately and extensively. Companies such as Motion Pictures Association of America and Sony BMG Records want to monitor user data by combining joint efforts from the internet service providers, but illegal data has become so prevalent that many ISP’s choose to turn a blind eye. Even though companies support changing internet policies to eliminate piracy, some of these companies also seek to have control over the internet; and with the government also attempting to regulate the internet by imposing laws to combat piracy, the government’s influence on the internet is causing more concerns amid piracy and freedom of speech.

In essense, the internet is a place of free censorship and expression, but it has changed into versitile means. Corporations and agencies believe too many threats exist on the internet to let it flourish unsecured. Lawmakers supported by big corporations like Motion Picture Association of America, want to pass bills like Stop Anti-Piracy Act, Protect IP Act, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, and Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, to have better protection of intellectual property. Though the vagueness of each bill address piracy as their main concern, it is apparent that the bills diffuse to the main point of piracy and give the government complete control over the rules and policies pertaining to the internet. This allows such to bypass laws without any legal trouble allowing them freedom to spy and infiltrate into anyone's internet. It gives government agencies the power to acess private infomation from citizens without any interfering laws. It allows them to determine which internet sites to blacklist or not. Government agencies can sift through one's emails and spy on their mobile activity. Some groups who oppose these acts and agreements, include the American Civil Liberties and American Liberties Association. Supporters claims that the bill’s “measure is limited enough to protect privacy and prevent government abuse, but civil-liberties groups have launched a "week of action" to call attention to what they consider CISPA's "dangerously vague" language, which they argue could lead to widespread government monitoring of citizens' communication”.(smith). Some will agree that piracy is illegal, but it is important to enforce legal boundaries with the respect of its user’s privacy concerns. The public outcry was widespread as “ 8 million had clicked the link to get contact information for their Congressional representatives “(SOPA). One bill that caught the attention of many was Stop…