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"The Original motivation to create the Internet was an aid to the academic and research community. Today, there's no particular focus. Everyone and anyone can and does use the Net"
(Hahn 261). This means anyone who uses the Net can publish information for example, how to commit suicide. There are hundreds of websites where suicide methods are posted to encourage users to try out different ways of suicide. Is this called a freedom of speech in the right way?
A 46 year old Japanese man and 25 year old Japanese woman, who met through a suicide website, have apparently killed themselves after they got to know each other. They met for the first time a few days before taking their lives at the man's home who was a dentist by profession in Central Japan. Japanese newspapers said the pair had exchanged numerous e-mails in which they asked for the support of the other in committing suicide. ""If we have a common purpose, we have nothing to fear," the national daily Yomiuri Shimbun quoted one e-mail saying""(qtd. in Japan couple in Net suicide pact 2). The website where they met provides information on different ways to commit suicide and a bulletin board with messages from people wishing to kill themselves. "Police said there were several such sites in Japan" (Japan couple in net suicide pact 2).
There is another website called Suicide Method published by a person who made this site because he could not find any sites that gives out this information. He claims that its not his responsibility what other people do after going through his site but what he wants is to published how one can suicide in different ways:
I decided to put this information online because I simply could not find ANY www page with this kind of information (maybe because USA government repression?) so here it is, the text describing several ways for suicide. Some of these methods seems really ridiculous, others seems effective but at some cost.. -- well, read it and do what you want with your own life. (Suicide Methods 1)
In this website one can find how one student shares his method of suicide with hydro cyanic acid. This is his freedom of speech conveying messages to students all over the world who fails to
compete in school and life and wants to give up his or her life. This makes one think what kinds of information are available on the Net.
From another Internet suicide service has led to at least one death and seven deliveries of lethal potassium cyanide capsules, which was reported by Japanese police in 1998. At least one customer had killed herself using the capsules. Two customers who had been sent cyanide packages were still being sought. ""The site offered medication to people who "do not know how to obtain the right drug" to commit suicide", police said, quoting the phrasing used by the Internet page"(qtd. in Japan Police Investigate Internet Suicide Service 1). The capsules were offered for delivery by parcel post for between 30,000-50,000 yen ($258-$430) in this website service. ""The servi
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- "A classmate at Hitchcock High School reported the three boys, all 15 years old, to authorities after overhearing them talk about a bomb. Prosecutors said they were still gathering evidence related to the third boy's possible involvement as the school year came to a close" (2 Hitchcock Students Charged ...
- ""The site offered medication to people who "do not know how to obtain the right drug" to commit suicide", police said, ...
- ""In one instance a newsgroup was used to seek help with the 'grooming' of a young child for abuse," said a NCS ...
- ""If we have a common purpose, we have nothing to fear," the national daily Yomiuri Shimbun quoted ...
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Pornography, Internet site, Pedophiles, CDA, pedophilia,
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Dylan Klebold, an active Web surfer,
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Japanese police, Government, Congress, Hitchcock Students, Hitchcock High School, Columbine High School, NCS, US Supreme Court, University of Pennsylvania, Supreme Court, Senate, McKinley Junior High School,
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United States, Japan, Sapporo, Brooklyn, Littleton, Colorado, Tokyo, Fairport, New York, America,
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