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Cyber Censorship is a Complicated Issue

Cyber Censorship is a Complicated Issue

The web is filled with all types of content, and depending on where you live, it can be regulated by a myriad of organizations from all sections of society. From internationally recognized trade organizations to governments to industry regulators, there are a lot of moving parts in data regulation as it now stands. That leads to people wanting more control over data and censorship. Let’s take a look at cyber censorship and how it's a bigger issue than you might think.

Where Do You Find Cyber Censorship?

Cyber censorship can be found in various forms and locations, often manifesting within authoritarian regimes where governments seek to control and suppress information to maintain power. It is prevalent in countries like China, where the Great Firewall restricts access to certain websites and monitors online activities. Some democracies also engage in selective censorship for national security reasons, raising concerns about the balance between freedom of expression and security. Corporations and social media platforms may also implement censorship policies to comply with community guidelines, significantly impacting the flow of information.

Why It Isn’t Always Bad?

It can be argued that certain instances of censorship are necessary to maintain societal order and security. Cyber censorship can play a crucial role in preventing the spread of harmful and malicious content, such as hate speech, extremist ideologies, and misinformation. Restricting access to content like this makes it possible to protect individuals and communities from potential harm. It can also contribute to safeguarding national interests, preventing cyberattacks, and maintaining a stable online environment.

What are Your Rights?

Preserving the freedom of expression is crucial to life online, and advocating for the right to bypass cyber censorship ensures an open exchange of ideas. Individuals can access diverse perspectives and information by promoting tools and technologies enabling users to circumvent censorship. By empowering people to make informed decisions and engage in open discourse, individuals can strengthen democratic principles and build a more substantial and inclusive online life.

Censorship is one of those issues that is extremely divisive. In fact, nearly three-of-four people surveyed in a current poll think that many of the massive tech companies that people use actively suppress certain information, with only about 40 percent of people supporting it. 

Do You Control the Flow of Information?

Businesses tend to want more control over the flow of information so that they can avoid inefficiencies and keep employees doing their jobs and not being sidetracked with ideas and communications that don’t directly benefit the organization. Sometimes, this can cause strife between employees and employers, but ultimately, everything that comes out of your company, across any medium, reflects on your business. 

If you would like to learn more about how tools control your workspace a little better, call the IT professionals at Preferred today at 708-781-7110.

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