What is the future of net neutrality and censorship worldwide?
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What is the future of net neutrality and censorship worldwide?

The future of the net neutrality and censorship still in limbo.

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   It can be argued that the world wide web may be the most influential tool on the planet today.  The way information can travel from one corner of the globe in an instant has changed how humans conceptualize their lives and surroundings.  The power, strength and influence of the internet has left the entire world with a new set of problems and issues.  It can be thought of as a new frontier and has posed many difficult questions. Who gets to control this powerful resource? For the most part, the earths citizens have been left to create and innovate using the internet creating many opportunities on a global scale.  But on the other hand, their are still ways the internet has not been able to reach its full and complete potential. A great number of people worldwide still do not have access to the net at all, while some have access but not full and complete acess to view and create the content they would like to.  

   Though the issue has been at the forefront for some time, a concrete solution to the issue of net neutrality has yet to be found.  With any new resource there will always be an economic interest at hand. The world's business leaders, business minds and of course, corporations will all want to have some sort of part in the economics of the internet.  The problem has come about in balancing the power of the people to use the internet and a corporate or business interest.  There is no denying the corporate impact on technology and the internet, but where does their power end? Also, who has the right and the resources to limit their dominance in this area? The only feasible answer would be the government. Service providers do not want their product to be riddled with unwanted content from just anyone on their servers, so they may block, slow or challenge them.  Is it right for the government to step in and tell them they cannot limit these content providers?  It is a very fine line between the government enforcing neutrality and overall censorship, which is a global problem.  

   In the United States, net neutrality has been seen as an issue closely related to censorship.  The Dan Terzian article on this topic speaks on this, and supports the FCC in their stance to not take the side of service providers in the neutrality debate.  If service providers have the ability to completely control what is apart of their network and can leave out or block certain content the future of the internet may turn bleak.  It may stifle the creativity of society in one of the few ways that society has to create, synthesize and learn about culture on a global scale.  

  From the sources I have found on this topic, net neutrality is a very difficult problem to deal with.  Corporate and government interest have possibly come to a head in more ways than one.  Some nations want to censor content while having an advanced society, while some do not want to censor content, but have the best results economically.  From my research it seems as if the citizens of the world that use the internet may be on the outside looking in.  If governments like the United States take steps to remain neutral, that is the only way the common man will be able to flourish and use the internet to its full capacity.  If no neutrality is used then the creativity and potential of one of the worlds best resouces could potentially be squandered.  

 

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Tracking Internet Censorship Worldwide

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Most nations throught the world have not taken the step to explicitly censor their citizens access to the internet.  But, on the other hand a few nations have taken broad and sweeping steps to try and limit what their populations have access to.  The number one example of internet censorship worldwide, in a large nation has taken place in china.  The writing here breaks down and tracks different types of systems to censor the internet.  They take a look at keyword based censorship and the complexity of firewalls to see how it is possible and methods of censorsing the internet. 

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Comparing and Contrasting Internet Censorship in the United States and Germany

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This scholarly article looks at the approach to free speech and censorship the United States and Germany have taken with the use of the internet.  The differences pointed out is the use of the first amendment.  Hate speech in the US is normally protected under the first amendment while ther countries such as Germany have taken steps to prohibit explicit forms of hate speech everywhere.  This extends to the internet. Both countries take their methods of expression and free speech and apply them to the net. The writer also proposes that there should be some form of international cooperation on this topic since the internet is global.  

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Economics of wireless neutrality

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A side of the net neutrality debate yet to be discussed is the wireless portion.  Though most providers, especially in the United States have yet to alter or slow consumer connections with normal internet connections, Wireless connections have been effected.  Here, the writers analyze whether it would be effective to continue to regulate these wireless networks, and also if it will grow or expand the abilities of a wireless network. So far it has not. 

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Policy Perspective of Net Neutrality

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The battle between content providers and service providers continues to be the most controversial when it comes to net neutrality.  Here, the relationship between the two is discussed.  As it has been stated previously, if there is no form of neutrality involved, internet service providers would gain the most from this arrangement.  And without any form of neutrality, would service providers ever feel the need to improve their product for the consumer?  This essay also provides equations to figure what the potential outcomes of this neutrality debate are for all involved, 

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The Technical Side of Net Neutrality

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This article provides a in depth look at the history of the web and what place internet neutrality has and had within cyberspace.  The argument made here is that the internet has never truly been a neutral and level playing field.  Those with access to technology have been able to make all the rules and in turn, benefit themselves.  There is also a breakdown of the different types of neutrality tht could effect internet users in the future.  Consumers should worrry about being censored with internet speeds, having a variety of providers to choose from along with basic download and content censorship.  

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Deutsche Telekom, Data Use and ‘Net Neutrality’

Deutsche Telekom, Data Use and ‘Net Neutrality’ | What is the future of net neutrality and censorship worldwide? | Scoop.it
A leading German Internet provider said it would impose hard download limits but would exempt the traffic generated by its own Internet television service.
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The issue of neutrality and censorship is coming to a head worldwide.  One of the largest problems with censorship and neutrality has been the presence of corporations causing a monopoly on internet service. This article here, highlights the German internet provider Deutsche Telekom snd their plans to limit downloads to their users starting in 2016.  Deutsche Telekom already controls over 60 percent of internet connections in Germany.  They say they plan to do this because of the extreme rate in which users can download material.  These are the first explicit limits of this kind in Germany and has been recieved by much scrutiny.  

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Critics See South Korea Internet Curbs as Censorship

Critics See South Korea Internet Curbs as Censorship | What is the future of net neutrality and censorship worldwide? | Scoop.it
As one of the world’s most wired societies, South Korea has embraced the Web, but a recent crackdown on Internet freedom has drawn accusations of censorship.
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Censorship has presented itself in many different ways worldwide and has recently become a problem in South Korea.  Activists have been blocked and censorsed for the use of tweets crticizing the government.  Government officals who have spoken out about this topic have been fired from their positions as well for their crticism of the government using social media. In one of the most technologically advanced and wired countries in the world, the South Korean government is trying to find a balance of conservative values and censorship alog with advancing their country economically with their best resource.  This article is very unique and presents a uniques issue of morality and technological advancement anf how they may slightly contrdict one another.  

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A Consumer-Welfare Approach To Network Neutrality

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An in depth look at how net neutrality can effect the consumer economically is at the forefront of this academic piece.  The main issue at hand is whether consumers will be able to have a fairly priced internet product available to them if service and content providers continue to have difficulty working out a sytem where they can both benefit economically.  This article gives suggestions on how both of these sides can work together and give the best option for the consumers.  The best way presented here is to protect the consumer through the law and against corporate monopolies.  

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Net Neutrality and Economic Equality Are Intertwined

Net Neutrality and Economic Equality Are Intertwined | What is the future of net neutrality and censorship worldwide? | Scoop.it
To reach the multitude of online services competing for your attention, you must first get through a bottleneck that is not competitive at all: high-speed broadband access.
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Here, a columnist discusses the potential hazard of an internet with no form of neutrality.  The economic impact from an every day consumers standpont would be effected.  America is already heavily effected by a digital divide, rendering poor and working citizens to be ineffective when it comes to the use of technology.  If companies and corporations begin to limit and drive up the price of quality internet connection, how could the rest of the world keep up? The writer here frames it as an issue of economic equality.  

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International Investment and Neutrality

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The Technology Policy Institute takes a look at the issue of neutrality on a global scale, specifically the European Union.  Most seem to think that neutrality would guarantee free sharing of networks and a more open internet climate.  This article discusses why that may not be necessarily be the case.  With no regulation at any point it is difficult to say which part of the internet hierarchy would eventually invest and pay in upgrades to technological infrastructures unless they directly see the benefits for themselves or collaborate.  

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The Economics of Net Neutrality

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Most of the discussion surrounding net neutrality generally includes citizens wanting the government to step in a provide it.  The article here does not find government intervention to be the best method for the future of the internet, even when it comes to neutrality.  It is argued that it is not enough harm in order to stop the growth of the economy which has the brightest future online.  This article also feels that mandated neutrality would not be in the nest interest of the consumer because it could help control prices if there were more competition.  This article was written in 2006, so it may lack some of the insight of more recent works.  

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France Proposes New Rules for Internet Equal Access

France Proposes New Rules for Internet Equal Access | What is the future of net neutrality and censorship worldwide? | Scoop.it
The government called for a law requiring Internet service providers to give all traffic on their networks equal priority, saying existing rules were insufficient.
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Countries across the globe are struggling with the overall power and influence of the internet.  An internet provider in France called Free attempted to block all advertisements from google in their service.  The French government responded to this by passing legislation for all internet service providers to give all traffic across the web equal priority.  This is some of the first legislation to take the side of a neutral and mostly uncensorsed internet. It may have set the precedent for the continent of Europe but it hs yet to be seen.  

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