Technology Should Remain A Gateway For Freedom Of Speech And

The laws surrounding technologies, specifically, the Internet, are vague and unofficial at best. With the way the Internet has become an integral part of daily life, it’s realistic to assume that stricter Internet laws will be created in the very near future. These new laws should put protection people’s of freedom of speech and expression over protection of the Internet.

The Internet is an open media outlet, as well as a popular method of communication throughout the world that allows for innovation and creativity in a space where cultures collide and world issues are explored. Individuals have the right to post their views and thoughts on the Internet just as they have the right to explain their ideas in an article or in a speech. Basic human rights, freedom of speed and expression, should be extended to include the latest technologies.

This principle is essentially an extension of the First Amendment that includes new media outlets and technologies. Without this principle, there would be censorship on the Internet and limitations on our use of technology. Government censorship and restrictions on online postings are very real possibilities as it already occurs in countries like China. In China, American search engine companies are required by the government to block certain anti-government websites or replace searches with photos of happy tourists (Helft and Barboza).

We need to take action to ensure that our human rights will be carried over to new media outlets and technologies as they are invented. This principle is essential to setting the groundwork for how technology is used and perceived.