Should the Internet Be Regulated...??

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Delta608, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Delta608 macrumors regular

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    Got a question for ya...Due to the massive amounts of fraud being perpetrated on people on the internet, bank phishing, Nigerian scams, certified checks being used on Craigs List and Ebay, what would you think about some type of I'net regulation(s)..?? Not to mention the homicides that can be directly attributed to FaceBook, Myspace and just plain email. The massive amount of predators attacking our children and the child porn. Is there some type of regulation(s) that can be passed to clean this stuff up...???
     
  2. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    When - and, more importantly, how - did social networking sites kill someone?
     
  3. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Exactly- people have to use common sense and be careful. And there are already laws against child porn.
     
  4. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    well it's just common sense to you and me to you know... not talk to weird strangers.

    especially online.


    but to some people - theyd love to send their credit card information over e-mail to someone they've never met.
     
  5. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I'm sorry but- those people have bigger problems than any regulation is going to solve. ;)
     
  6. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    I think there should be some regulation of posting new threads ;).
     
  7. That-Is-Bull macrumors 6502

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    Net-neutrality all the way!

    I think there should be absolutely no censorship on the internet, but I do think things like child pornography should be restricted. Other than that I don't care if some people are grossed out or outraged, if you don't like it, don't view it.
     
  9. fotografica macrumors 68040

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    "Hello.I saw your ad on Craigslist.I want to purchase your computer for my nephew in Nigeria".......Anybody that falls for that deserves to get hosed,lol.
    Let common sense prevail...
     
  10. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I actually agree with the OP.

    Scams, especially phishing and ID fraud, are too common. I think there should be a regulated way to determine if a site it legit.

    Actually, we already have something in place that is kind of like that - https. Just regulate https a little more, and I'd be happy.

    BUT LEAVE MY HTTP ALONE!
     
  11. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    You say that as an experienced internet user. I have been shocked, SHOCKED, by the kinds of questions my mother asks about doing things online. I am so thankful that she got a mac. A week or so ago she called (she's in the UK, I'm in the US) asking if she should download some speed up program that some site she visited recommended. You know, one of those pop up windows that tells you your system is infected etc etc. She got a Nigerian scam letter too, but she sussed it out because of the dodgy history. Otherwise, it had her going.

    Now, I'll admit that my mother can be a few short of a six-pack even without the web, but she's no dummy. Interacting over the web is a habit most people here take for granted...

    But to answer the OP, no, regulation doesn't help make things better/safer.
     
  12. yg17 macrumors G5

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    How do you regulate something like the internet? The logistics of getting 190-something countries to not only agree on a set of regulations, but to enforce them, is impossible.

    And no, I don't support regulation of the internet even if it was possible.
     
  13. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    No.
     
  14. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Due to the massive amounts of gun crime being perpetrated by people with guns, bank robberies, home invasions, cop killings, shooting up immigration facilities, what would you think about some type of gun regulations..?? Not to mention the homicides that can be directly attributed to assault weapons, easy access to handguns, and just plain Saturday Night Specials. The massive amount of predators attacking our children, and the overall violence.

    Now for the $64,000 question: Is there some type of regulation(s) that can be passed to clean this stuff up...???

    What do you think? And why do you think the internet would be somehow different?
     
  15. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    My first post was intentionally flippant, but actually this is an interesting parallel. The internet can be controlled, but only via a massive police state that "listens" in on every data packet and then quickly arrests those who fail to follow the law. Although a gun has a shear physicality that makes regulation somewhat easier (as opposed to trying to define which .mov or .txt file is illegal) trying to eliminate weapons from the US entirely would require an equally obscene use of government power.
     
  16. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    If the internet is outlawed, only outlaws will have the internet.
     
  17. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Due to the massive amounts of gun crime being perpetrated by people with guns, bank robberies, home invasions, cop killings, shooting up immigration facilities, what would you think about some type of gun regulations..?? Not to mention the homicides that can be directly attributed to assault weapons, easy access to handguns, and just plain Saturday Night Specials. The massive amount of predators attacking our children, and the overall violence.

    Now for the $64,000 question: Is there some type of regulation(s) that can be passed to clean this stuff up...???

    What do you think? And why do you think the internet would be somehow different?
     
  18. Delta608 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess that was my point...There is an inherit right to the first amendment and their is to the second amendment..Even if we don't like the way it is used in some circumstances.. To try to answer the $64,000.00 question with my 2 cents is no...There will always be those who abuse the rights of others and no amount of regulation(s) will fix it..Except a proper upbringing...(This has nothing to do with same sex marriage !!!!)
     
  19. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    That was your point all along eh? You're even sneakier than Michael Steele...
     
  20. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    ban guns?
     
  21. ceezy3000 macrumors 6502

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    haha this is reminding me of megaman battle network. haha with the netbattlers and all. haha nvm im tripppin
     
  22. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    Fraud is already a crime. "The internet" does not need regulation.

    ISPs can be regulated though, through net neutrality for instance, but that has nothing to do with a government body filtering the content itself.
     
  23. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Yep, we need a 30-day class and a test on the FAQs before we let newbies roam free.
     
  24. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    There isn't cyber-fraud. There's just fraud. There isn't cyber-harassment. There's just harassment. Coming up with special laws to cover old crimes committed through a new medium is just misunderstanding and irrational fear of the new medium.
     
  25. MonksMac macrumors 6502a

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    Obviously we should block the nasty stuff. Otherwise just use common sense and you should be fine. It would be way too difficult to have super tight regulations on something as large and diverse as the internet.:apple:
     

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