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Internet censorship result

http://alexbentley545.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/internet-censorship/ (Here is the pie chart results for should internet be censored)
The result is out of 10 people, half of the people asked thought the internet should be censored. One person wasn’t sure and the rest believed it should be censored. The way I gathered it was by handing out a questionnaire sheet to everyone asking their age, gender and thoughts on internet censorship. I got some inspiration for the questions from Debate org, as I wanted to see their responses and see it is similar to the responses to the online debate. Once I’d collected the questionnaires I went online and used pie chart website to create one, by doing this the chart came back a visual percentage of the questionnaires.
These results are different to the ones I have seen as on other websites like Debates.org (http://www.debate.org/internet-censorship/) where 12% of people agree with censorship and 88% disagree with censorship. The most frequent statement made by people who agree with censorship said they want to protect children from pornography and to tackle online piracy. On the other side of the argument people said that censoring the internet gives world governments control over human rights, however in the U.S they have a written constitutional bill of freedom of speech.
In the UK though there isn’t a written Bill which states that the public have the right for freedom of speech it is implied in the Magna Carta, as in the U.S their is a fanatical Christian cult called The Westbo Baptist Church. This cult protest outside of dead soldiers funerals, due to the first amendment they have to right to express their views no matter how fanatical it may be. However in the UK they would be arrested on the grounds of breaking the public order act under section part 1 4A of Intentional harassment alarm or distress.
The definition of Internet censorship is to restrict the public access to Adult or pirated websites online, internet censorship groups had in the past support from Governments in America and Europe to regulate the internet. What the actual meaning is to stop these pornographic websites and online piracy, however governments and organisations  hijacked the plans when the SOAPA PIPA Bills where introduced in U.S and Europe. The first stage was bringing down pirate bay, in retaliation to internet the hacker group Anonymous hacked into the FBI website and other government websites to cause total anarchy. However that little stunt gave people the excuse to go from censor to ban, first YouTube came under the firing due to the copyrighted material music, films and video games. Other websites like LetMeWatchThis and Watch2k where going to be closed in the bill passed, this got support from musicians as they want people to pay to listen to their music as on YouTube it is free for anyone to watch.

[Pleas make it clear if you want me to insert the image. Add the other results you have seen. Explain how you gathered the information, and define the censorship you are talking about.

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Internet censorship introduction

I am going to conduct research and debate the issue about should the internet be censored. The reason why I am doing the debate about internet censorship  is because I have no interest in the debate and not much knowledge, this is why it is perfect as I won’t have a biased opinion towards the subject. To conduct research I have gone to numerous of debate  sites to see what the publics opinion towards internet censorship, the first site I went to (http://www.debate.org/internet-censorship/) used a thumbs up or thumbs down bar with comments of the people from both sides of the debate. According to the statistics of the site 12% of people agree with censorship, however 80% believe there should not be censorship on the internet. The comments that kept on returning form the people who agree with censorship say that ‘by doing this we stop child pornography’ and its in the interest of national security. On the other side we have people  saying  that ‘it goes against the constitution (America)’ or ‘its against our human rights’.

To conduct the research I am going to do a focus group of 16 to 70 year olds male and female and ask them this question.

1. How old are you?

2. What is your gender?

3. What nationality are you?

4. Where is your permeant resident?

5. What course or job role do you do?

6. Why do you think some people want the internet to be censored?

7. Do you think the internet should be censored?

8. Explain why you think it should should or shouldn’t be censored?

9.  What do you use the internet mainly for?

10. How many times a day to you use it roughly?

http://www.chartgo.com/ (This is a online chart maker that I am using)


Why Internet Censorship May Become More Strict in the UK

The London Riots:

In August 2011, a number of riots took place across the capital which were mainly started over the death of Mark Duggen, who was shot dead by police when he was apparently unarmed. Over the next few days, some parts of London were left in a state of chaos and destruction with many buildings being looted or becoming victims of arson attacks. These events were mainly believed to have been started and organised in mass numbers due to social networking sites.

On the 16th August 2011, two men were jailed for four years each for attempting to encourage other people to become involved in the rioting, which had now spread to other parts of the country. The two men created the page: ‘Smash down in Northwich Town’ which attempted to invite people to riot between the 7-10pm on the 10th August. The Merseyside and Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service stated that the two men to: “…gain widespread support in order to replicate similar criminality.”

However, during the aftermath of the events, social media sites were put to good use:


The Internet Society’s Global Internet User Survey

In 2012, over 10,000 people from the around the globe were asked a series of questions relating to the use of the internet. Here are some of the global results relating to internet censorship:

  • 30% of users agreed strongly that censorship currently exists on the Internet.
  • More than 70% of users agreed or agreed strongly that more government involvement would make the Internet too controlled or would limit content they can access.
  • More than two-thirds agreed or agreed strongly that increased government control would inhibit the growth of the Internet and/or stifle innovation.
  • 86% agreed or agreed strongly that freedom of expression should be guaranteed.
  • 60% of respondents agreed or agreed strongly that Internet access has contributed significantly to civil action and political awareness in their country.

These results show that their is a strong togetherness from people around the world that internet censorship is considered as a threatening aspect to how and what people can publish on the internet due to a small minority of people that abuse this right of freedom of speech. The final statistic in particular relates very much to the London riots, as the use of the internet played a pivotal part in looting and arson of buildings and companies in London.