Document (#13163)

Author
Burton, P.F.
Title
Regulation and control of the Internet : Is it feasible? Is it necessary?
Source
Journal of information science. 21(1995) no.6, S.413-428
Year
1995
Abstract
Discusses the need for, demand for, and problems of regulating access to the Internet, particularly in the light of the availability of services which some people might consider to be offensive (such as pornography), and describes the results of a 2 part survey into the question. In the first part of the study, the WWW was searched for newsgropus which could be regarded as being offensive to some (a list is included as an appendix). 65 sites on the WWW were found to contain images which could cause offence, though relatively few might be considered 'pornographic', and most had some form of control exercised by the site owner. A number of sites had closed down due to the demand placed upon them, but there was also evidence of closure by another body. The second part of the study reports on the measures taken by UK universities to control access by staff and students. The majority were found to exercise no control other than that recommended by the UK Education and Research Networking Association (UKERNA), but the principle reason given is the impracticality of controlling the Internet, rather than content. Argues that regulation would damage the free flow of information over the Internet, which provides an unprecedented opportunity for the exchange of information on a global scale
Theme
Internet

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