iPrism Fails in Censoring the Internet on Campus

Pranav Parthasarathy

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The Internet has changed our education in ways never before imaginable. An organic, endless web of information, the Internet facilitates previously cumbersome tasks. However, such potential poses problems.The heavy responsibility of providing Internet for students’ use on campus, should not be downplayed, for any excess or shortage of regulation could carry severe consequences.

Does administration regulate too much or too little? The answer lies in between the two extremes.  It censors certain sites while giving the others a  green flag, which sends a mixed message. The blacklisting of blogging site Tumblr and clearance for Facebook and Youtube, Reddit, and 4chan rings of hypocrisy. Why censor one time-waster while giving the other the go-ahead?

Ignoring time-wasters, even certain potentially productive sites such as SoundCloud as of the twenty-second of August, which may be used for cloud storage of audio files for school projects, cannot be used via Internet. These deletions both limit the tools accessible to students on campus and contradict the intended purpose of said censorship.

Expectations of responsible use should be matched by expectations for responsible filtration. If administration decides to censor our Internet, it should treat its powers with great care and delegate accordingly. It shouldn’t pair pre-made filters with a confusing hodgepodge of blockings. It shouldn’t build barriers between students and useful tools. However, it should enforce the environment of the school: one of professionalism and dedication to education and hard work. There is potential here; the school shouldn’t let it go to waste.