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Computer Rights vs First and Forth Amentment Right

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COMPUTER PRIVACY VS. FIRST AND FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS (By Michael S. Borella) <Mike Borella received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Technical Communication from Clarkson University (1991). He is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant in Computer Science at U. Cal. at Davis. This paper is the result of an independent study sponsored by Susan Ross, an assistant professor in Technical Communication at Clarkson. e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]> I: What is Cyberspace? "Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation... A graphical representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding..." - William Gibson, Neuromancer Even after reading William Gibson's cyberpunk novels, one's conceptualization of cyberspace, the electronic world of computers and computer networks, can be insubstantial. Gibson describes cyberspace as a world of simulated stimulation that a computer feeds to a "jockey" (computer operator) via a "cyberspace deck" (human-computer interface). Explorers in Gibson's cyberspace often have difficulty telling what is real and what is not. Frequently, in our world, the novice computer user has similar problems understanding how to use the potential wealth of information at their finger tips. In Gibson's uncharted future, people access computers by merging their thoughts with a database. Today we can "enter" cyberspace through keyboard and modem. But what actually is cyberspace? Is it real? What does it look like? What are some of the personal and legal issues emerging from this vastly uncharted new frontier? This paper will answer those questions and more as we explore cyberspace, meet its frequenters, and discuss its increasing role in the life of every human being, not just those who actually use a computer. Before we embark on our journey through the legal battles and rights issues regarding cyberspace, we need a working knowledge of what it is and how computer operators use it.
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Envision a roadmap. Cities dot the otherwise sparse landscape and roads branch out in all directions, connecting every city. This network leaves no city unserviced. Although not every city is connected to every other, it is possible to reach any one city from any other. Like every other mass transit system, certain areas are more travelled than others. Some cities are larger than others and some stretches of road are more prone to traffic. The size and complexity of this roadmap defies the imagination - it encircles the world. But the cities are not actually cities. They are computers or groups of computers. The roads are telephone lines or fiber-optic cable. The system surrounds the globe in an electronic web of data.
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