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Unformatted text preview: erroneously) categorized as mere "information" threatens to erode legal conceptions of intellectual property protection and our ethical definition of theft. The word to best describe our reason for internet crimes is depersonalization. It shows that the simple personal courtesies extended to others, and the privacy boundaries almost instinctively respected can be confused, neglected, or simply ignored on the Internet. It is easier--and thus more tempting--to snoop in cyberspace because it is easier to avoid detection. Although the Internet may in some instances make it easier to "be bad," it has not changed what it means to "be bad." If the architecture of the Internet is not responsible for the moral values that lead to virtual transgressions, then it is unlikely that changing that architecture will have any real reformatory effect. http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/araboSent.htm...
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- Spring '11