Privacy And The Internet


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In America, not only is there a strong feeling that individuals have a right to free speech, but also there is a strong feeling that individuals have a right to privacy. Laws defining an individual's privacy rights do exist, but a great deal of privacy stems from common curteousy. Indeed, our society has created its own standards of privacy ...

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Eager, "The Information Superhighway refers to the multitude of technologies and businesses that encompass the eletronic distribution of video, data and voice via communications networks. Currently, for individuals, the Information Superhighway refers primarily to the use of personal computers (PCs) and modems to access information and services and to distribute messages and files via the networks" (3). This new medium allows information to be transformed at rates multiple times faster than ever before. The worldwide impact of such a communication breakthrough is unprecedented; information can be transferred anywhere, from the most remote corner of the earth, in a matter of seconds, research is no longer restricted to local areas, and the overall efficiency of information exchange is revolutionary.
Though, with any new communication medium, there also exists problems. For instance, when the postal service began, information could travel great distances in a short amount of time. ...

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even though the technology is new, the people running it are not. Human nature does not change and just as people hurt others in the real world, so too can people hurt others on the internet. People can steal or unjustly copy another person's property, tell hurtful lies about another person, and even disclose upsetting or damaging secrets about another person. (Rose, xv-i)
It should not come as a surprise then that privacy in the online world is a major concern. But though the information superhighway is a new communication medium, the forces in effect are the same as they have always been. There are and always will be legal issues just as their are and always will be moral or ethical ...

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Added: 7/22/2006 08:23:40 PM
Category: Computers
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