Throughout this experience of exploring the different sides of network neutrality and when are we abusing our freedom of speech on the Internet has not made me come to the conclusion that despite how often we use the Internet, precedents still need to be set for how to deal with certain cases.
I’ve also come across in my research that the abuse of our first amendment does not just end with libel statements that teenagers are harassing their peers with. It goes much farther than that. Some other incidents of suits that have taken place include:
- Liability of Gripe Site Operator for Violations by Message Board Speakers
- Right to Read Anonymously
- Right to Speak Anonymously
- Use of Brand Names in Domain Names and Metatags
By clicking those links, you will be directed to a plethora of cases that fall in each category that have been linked to our first amendment rights on the Internet. I was very surprised to see just how many cases have actually taken place, many of which have set a major precedent for the future.
One thing I know for sure is that nothing can ever get solved peacefully unless we learn to be able to find that happy median with Internet users and the government. I completely stand by the fact that by having a “big brother” (aka Broadband carriers) monitor what we say and take down whatever they don’t like is not the way to go about protecting people.
I can’t say that I know what the best answer would be on how to regulate the infinitely many articles, discussion boards, comments, messages, etc. that are on the Internet. As much of a cop out I feel this is, the best thing to do is wait and see what happens. And if there is a act that I personally don’t agree with, that is when the steps need to be put into action of stopping it.