The following essay is a sample of the IELTS Essay on the internet and technology.
The internet has transformed the way information is shared and consumed, but it has also created problems that did not exist before.
What are the most severe problems associated with the internet, and what solutions can you suggest?
The internet has revolutionised communication and the exchange of information in the same way that the telegraph and television did before it. Nonetheless, civilizations have had to deal with unforeseen new challenges, such as crimes that old laws cannot prevent. This article will discuss some of the unlawful activities made possible by the internet and provide alternatives.
Due to the worldwide nature of the internet, national laws are no longer sufficient to regulate online activity. Consider, for instance, constraints on legal reporting. In certain nations, it is illegal for the media to divulge information about a defendant’s history in order to ensure a fair trial. Such limitations are no longer enforceable. It appears that the only option is to embrace universal standards. Due to the international nature of the internet, information flow can only be regulated if all governments agree on what can and cannot be communicated.
Another problem concerns anonymity, as internet users can easily conceal their identity and even impersonate others. Many crimes such as identity theft and child abuse result from the ease with which criminals can operate anonymously online. Some have proposed a system of online identification, similar to a passport, which would allow all internet users to be verified and traced. I believe this idea should be explored further, though there are clearly concerns about the security of those who use the internet to protest against oppressive regimes.
In conclusion, the only long-term solution to the problem of internet crime is greater international cooperation. Since the problem is global in scale, the solution must also be global. There is a need for dedicated internet regulations.