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United States Need Internet Regulations

United States Needs Internet Regulations

I do not profess to know all the intricate details on exactly what David M. LaMacchia '94 did, but this case poses a grave question to the much needed regulation of Internet and its subsidiaries.

It is common knowledge that the Internet cannot be put in parameters with any one law of any country, especially in the United States where the use of the Internet is not governed by any uniformed law. I assert that there is no invisible electronic "hand" to ensure that the exchange, distribution, and abuse of data can go unnoticed to the inexperienced user.

However, in some countries, including Malaysia, all incoming electronic mail, file transfer protocol transfers, and exchange of data are governed by the laws of that country.

It may be viable or even prove to be essential that the United States formally declares some kind of law governing the use of Internet, at least for use in the country. Already, a growing majority of Athena users express a certain degree of disgust and/or disrespect to "uncomplimentary" backgrounds of scantily-clad women on terminals. Of course, there are other more pressing concerns such as internal computer code cracking-activity, authenticity of users, and the concept of user-privacy that needs to be addressed. These are anything but trifle matters.

One solution would be to implement a minimalistic, concise, and productivity-oriented uniform law encompassing general use of computers. This could only result in computers being the tools to measure our success in the advancing world instead of an accidental crutch to our very curiosities.

Shamsul A. Sopiee '97