Censorship - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Encyclopedia

Censorship is the process of controlling the distribution and availability of information that the public can access.

The idea of censorship has been around for hundreds of years and has been practiced by many governments and organizations. The method and type of censorship will vary greatly but the premise stays the same. To control what people can see and have access to either for their own benefit or for the agendas of the individuals implementing the censorship.

Types of censorship include internet censorship, censorship of the media, political censorship and postal censorship. There is a continual debate as to whether censorship is ethical, or if it violates a humans basic freedoms such as freedom of speech.