Assuming that the government take control over the internet by regulating laws and prosecuting citizens who don’t abide by them I do believe that our Internet safe haven would be much more profound. Our government would simulate the Chinese government where they do not have access to a lot of western things on the Internet. China is a great example of censoring the Internet. In a weird way the Chinese government have strict control over their citizens.
I took a class my sophomore year and learned about Chinese censorship. I thought everyone in the world had accessed to the same the across the World Wide Web but to my surprise, I learned that China do not. China has a strong firewall which blocks access to the western countries. In April of 2014 the Chinese government launched campaigns to clean up the Internet, to eradicate rumors, porn, and other supposedly harmful information and media. Besides the strict control of foreign cultural content, the Chinese government has also developed various restrictive measures, such as monitoring online chatting, deleting blog posts and employing human censors to strengthen its control of the Internet. Reading more about China’s censorship critics, say China’s Internet filtering system is “the most sophisticated in the world.”
Though Facebook and Twitter are not allowed in China, Chinese versions of social networking sites Microblog for Twitter, Renren for Facebook, and Youku for Youtube, are widely used by Chinese citizens to express their views, communicate, and share their beliefs. Netizens are aware that Web pages and postings with liberal discussions are either suspended or taken down (Peng, 2016). With the intensity of surveillance and a Chinese Internet separated from the world, Chinese fans’ online participatory activities both resemble and differ from those of their Western counterparts (D’Jaen, 2008). I do feel like its hard to regulate the Internet its either you censor it all or none at all.
The U.S censors some things but it seem like they don’t do enough of censoring or regulating the content on the internet.
Terrorists use the Internet just like every one else. In fact, thanks to its strength as a communicative tool, the Internet is particularly valuable for militant groups, which can exploit it in a variety of ways including the planning of operations, establishing communications, circulation of propaganda, training and recruiting new members, and raising funds. Online tools are particularly effective for propaganda purposes as they permit these groups to bypass media gatekeepers and engage directly with their supporters (Argomaniz, 2015). Even if social media has lowered the costs of participation, organization, and communication between supporters of terrorist groups, the key factors in initiating a process of radicalization or joining a violent network remain the influence of a peer group or a significant other a charismatic leader.
Peng, Z. (10/01/2016). Journal of popular culture: Online resistance to censorship among chinese fans of the big bang theory Blackwell Publishing.
D’Jaen, M. D. (2008). Breaching the great firewall of china: Congress overreaches in attacking chinese internet censorship. Seattle University Law Review, 31(2), 327.
Argomaniz, J. (2015). European union responses to terrorist use of the internet. Cooperation and Conflict, 50(2), 250-268.doi:10.1177/0010836714545690