How have legislatures responded to crimes involving the use of computers? How has the Internet changed the debate over pornography?
Computer technology has changed nearly everything and everyone around the world in some way. Computer technology has been also increasingly been both the source of attacks as well as the target of various high tech attacks. Some of there attacks business security are so new that many law enforcement officials including state business security courts and governments has been unfamiliar with them. One such high tech crime is that of cyber stalking. Cyber stalking was at one time very rare and virtually unknown. Today it is very different. Most states have recognized this form of harassment and are also taking necessary steps to investigation and prosecute these cases. In cases of domestic violence and restraining orders cyber stalking has come to be a very big issue and is something that the legislature has to recognize as a problem. Many times the computer is what the target of the crime is. Things like spamming, hacking and virus dissemination have become some of the largest issues facing the modern high tech age. Legislatures have recognized the importance of the internet and have taken steps on Federal and State levels to address the various computer crimes which occur. Penalties are usually swift and severe, however that does not stop the criminals from taking part in these illegal activities.
I think the Internet has sealed the deal that pornography is here to stay and that it will continue to be protected. People are free to look at legal pornography and attempting to ban it across internet lines no doubt be an impossible task. With that said it is going to be an increasingly difficult problems keeping the illegal pornography off the Internet and equally as difficult in keeping all pornography away from children. Parents, educators and the government need to be away of all of the questionable material which is only a few mouse clicks away from children.