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Preliminary1 - Penny P Profit BUAD 307 October 9 2007...

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Penny P. Profit BUAD 307 October 9, 2007 PRELIMINARY ASSIGNMENT OPTION #1 THE IDENTITY WIPER: SECONDARY MARKET RESEARCH PROPOSAL : The Identity Wiper would consist of software that would change personal information—such as the names of a child and family member, birthdays, city of residence, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses—to bogus values in order to prevent children from giving out information that might be abused by online predators or others who might abuse this information. Online Use By Children and Teenagers Children and teenagers continue to use and interact through the Internet at increasing rates and frequency. This trend has been facilitated by such factors as the growth—both in sophistication and size—of online communities such as MySpace, increasing access to high speed Internet, and greater skills in Internet use. Based on non-attributed research, the Financial Times (Taylor, 2006) reports that 54% of teenagers confirm having communicated with a stranger online, some one in seven having actually met a stranger in person who was first encountered online. online, and 47% having received “pornographic e-mail.” MySpace so far has 116 million registered users, not all of whom are children or teenagers, and it is estimated that 250 million people worldwide use at least one online social networking site (Bowley, 2006).
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The Financial Times reports that 55% of American children and teenagers between the ages of twelve and seventeen use social networking sites such as MySpace. Citing Pew Research data, the Times states that 37% of twelve and thirteen year olds have created online profiles, with the figure rising to 63% for fourteen to seventeen year olds and 70% for teen-aged girls ages fifteen through seventeen. 48% of teens are reported to visit these sites daily, with 22% indicating multiple daily visits. A Wall Street Journal article reports that 20% of Internet users in the age range of twelve to seventeen have blogs. Although sites such as MySpace and Facebook have introduced certain protection systems, monitoring online activity is often difficult because many individuals—whether children, teenagers, or adults—often maintain more than one online “identity” and a presence on more than one site (Bowley 2006). Sites such as MySpace require individuals to be fourteen or older to join, with those in the fourteen to fifteen age category receiving a more restricted membership where their profiles can be seen only by those with access to their e-mail addresses or full first and last names. However, these safeguards depend mostly on self-report measures by users. Attorneys general for several U.S. states are considering litigation to require these services to verify ages against publicly available databases. Complicating such measures, however, is the fact sites that find U.S. measures too restrictive may be able to locate in other jurisdictions. Although there is no indication that this site is intended to circumvent protections or encourage inappropriate behavior, the South Korean
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