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Community values and censorship
An unanswered question

Certain groups try to restrict all material made available on the Internet on the grounds that some of it is undesirable for a part of the population. There is clearly a conflict here between local community values and the fact of global freedom provided by the Internet. This problem is at the heart of current censorship debates. Should the State or hoards of spammers be able to impose their values on the rest of the world? Should not Internet users be required to respect the values of others? How, if at all, should these values be enforced?

Local community values are relatively easy to enforce when the community boundaries are defined geographically. No such boundaries exist in the virtual world of Internet.

Stuart Goold - President of CECUA - suggested putting emphasis on the responsabilities that accompany the privilege and the "right" to publish freely on the Web. This he felt might be done be elaborating codes of practice. To what extent can self-regulation on a volontary basis - via codes of pratice - enforce respect of values that those transgressing them don't adher to?

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