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ERIC Number: ED427793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-24
Pages: 16
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Regulating Internet User Access and Content: Varying Strategies Imposed by the World's Governments.
Swanson, D. J.
There has been tremendous growth within the past decade in the number of individuals who have joined "the information highway" and have become empowered to use a computer to gain information about their world. In the United States, there are relatively few governmental restrictions imposed upon citizens who seek to communicate with others over the Internet. However, restrictions are the norm rather than the exception in other parts of the world. This paper examines the general issues of computer-mediated information access and content rights to illustrate the current diversity of opinion about the assembly, ownership and transmission of Internet messages. It illustrates different strategies imposed by national governments to restrict Internet use, and shows how many of the restrictions are in the direct violation of the United Nations and G-7 international agreements. The paper ends with concepts that individual users might wish to adopt to help establish and support their rights in the online world: the fostering of economic progress and technological advancement for all the world's peoples; the acceptance of cultural diversity in all its forms; and the necessity of education to the importance of communication in general and online communication in particular. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/JMK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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