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Free Speech, Safety and the Web

The Internet is considered to be a place where the world comes together to communicate, share ideas, and to freely access all public information any time that they chose. This frontier quickly turned into a space resembling the wild west, motivating and inspiring to some, while dangerous and, ultimately, lawless for others.

This vast global system of interconnected computers has come under question lately with all the talk about government regulation, such as the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, and the rights of the people to exercise free speech. These controversial questions discussed, make it hard to draw the line between the freedom of those wishing to have the ability to discuss and share information and the safety of those willing to protect their shared information from piracy, and because of this, we are left in the dark as to what is this best form of action to take with the Internet as a whole. This does, however, lead us to make decisions in specific situations just as we do with non-cyber laws.

Each case of internet action on the web is different and should be treated as such. The first amendment does prohibit the making of any law that would hinder the free exercise of religion, impede the freedom of speech, limit the freedom of the press, and stop anyone’s rights of peaceful protest and airing of grievances to their government, but it can make laws that prohibit people impeding on other people’s rights. (more…)