Communication is necessary to organize political takeovers. Governments must control external and internal communication capabilities to reduce threats of social rebellion. The Internet is an ideal media outlet for providing foreign information and viewpoints that could spark a rebellion. Some governments censor the Internet, including email, blogs and websites, for content ontopics such as anti-government sentiment, human rights and radical social opinions.
Civilians with access to outside viewpoints can compare and evaluate standards of living. Personal freedom includes the right to access information and to form opinions and make personal decisions based on as much information as possible. Censorship is disadvantageous for civilians seekingknowledge to explore a broad range of ideas, concepts and ways of life that might contradict their government's interests.
The Internet provides consumers with a wide range of products and services. Unfortunately, the online market place is an ideal environment for illegal activity. The United States Chamber of Commerce supports Senate Bill S3804: Combating Online Infringement andCounterfeits Act. The bill would give the U.S. government the power to shut down sites that knowingly violate copyright laws.
The Chamber believes businesses and consumers are at risk from widespread counterfeit and fraudulent activity. Free speech advocates object to the bill's vague wording and say that sites such as Youtube and and blogs that utilize online media articles could become targetsunder this legislation. The bill could be a gateway to allow government greater control over the internet.
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China’s Surprising InternetAdvantage Over the US
China’s Internet industry suffers many disadvantages compared to the US. It is burdened by heavy regulation, underpowered data centers, and censorship, just to name a few. But one of its great advantages comes from a counterintuitive source: The country’s underdeveloped tech-commerce infrastructure. The implications are significant, and they are shaping China’s Internetlandscape in a way that the US may ultimately follow.
In the US, Internet businesses have developed in an environment in which they must compete with already-mature industries that have long had good access to technology. That’s true of ecommerce businesses, for example, which have had to build on, against, or over established bricks-and-mortar networks of retail stores. It’s also true of the onlinetravel industry, which has had to adapt to pre-existing technology systems tied to airlines, agency groups, and, more recently, early-Internet booking verticals such as Expedia and Orbitz.
China, on the other hand, has been able to do some leapfrogging, skipping past stages of Internet and commercial development that in the US played out over the course of many years, or are still playing out.That’s what happened with the shift from PC-based Internet to mobile Internet, which was sped up by the relatively high costs of computers and the affordability and abundance of Internet-enabled mobile devices. Many Chinese Internet users have never owned a PC, or even used one. A similar shift is happening with the proliferation of cheap smartphones, which is catapulting huge parts of thepopulation into an era of more useful and versatile handheld Internet.
These instances of accelerated development have allowed Chinese Internet companies to build new tech-commerce infrastructures from scratch. That means they have been able to create many products, services, and entire businesses in a consolidated fashion right from the start, in a way that makes sense for consumers and partners.
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