One of the long terms issues related to the Internet is the desire of some governments to manage the content that its residents/citizens may view. There are many reasons for this; without getting into a long discussion about what may be appropriate or not, we can generically say that these content controls are intended as an expression of social (or at least governmental) preferences. These controls can take many forms, such as preventing the sale of Nazi memorabilia in Europe, controlling Internet gambling in the US, etc.
China has been widely criticized for its Internet content control, which has been said to suppress dissent. This item points to a more nuanced analysis of these content controls. Is self regulation due to fear of reprisals better than explicit governmental control?