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The Internet is an important information source for many people. Questions arise about whether it should be controlled by the power of government. This libguide will provide sources to study this issue.
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Policing the Internet - Peggy Daniels
Call Number: HM 851 .P65 2007
ISBN: 9780737727333
Publication Date: 2007-05-11

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Internet Censorship - G. Gale (Editor); Margaret Haerens
Call Number: ZA 4201 .I554 2014
ISBN: 9780737766592
Publication Date: 2014-04-17

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Who Controls the Internet? - Tim Wu; Jack Goldsmith
Call Number: HM 851 .G65 2006
ISBN: 9780195152661
Publication Date: 2006-03-17


Government and the Internet

Over the years the Interent has developed from a text based computer network for the military and major research universities to a world-wide network accessible to literally millions of people.  It is  web based with graphics, videos, text, images and -to the dismay of many-advertising.  It has been embraced ( some would say co-opted) by corporations and businesses of every size and type.  Much of this, some critics believe, has led to brutal competition and the exploitation of workers.

The ubiquity of the Internet has led to social, legal and policy issues.  Violent, hateful, salacious and subversive sites abound on the Internet.  Many sites are not suitable for young people.  Other sites are designed to recruit impressionable people to commit acts of terror.  Should such sites be controlled by the government?  To what extent, at least in the United States, should the Constitution protect the free speech rights of the creators of these sites?  What is the government's responsibility to its many citizens?  Should there be no or very little oversite of the Internet?  Or should the govenrnment use its power to shut down sites it deems dangerous  (and to whom?)

There is an  excellent website that  lays out the arguments for and against governmental control ( or in this case regulation) of the Internet.  you can find it at    The author sets out five forms of governmental regulation :  the constitutional ( as practiced by the United States  i.e the First Amendment), state control, statutory, self-regulation and finally rating and filtering techniques. 

The PCCC Library has books -both in print and electronic- that deal with the governmental control of the Internet. They fall under various call numbers.  Several books can be found under HM 851. These books should be consulted first.  Books can also be found under KF 390.5, ZA 4201, HQ799.2 and TK 5105.

Representative titles include:  " Policing the Internet"  HM 851.P65 2007

"Does the Internet Benefit Society?"  TK 5105.878 .D64 2005

"Internet Censorship"  ZA 4201 .I554 2014

"Internet Safety"  HQ 799.2 .I5 I58 2008

"The Internet:   Teen Rights and Freedoms"   KF 390.5 .C6 I55 2012

"The Offensive Internet"  KF 390.5 .C6  O344 2010

"Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance"   HM 851 .M362  2012



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