L09 - TEP1281 Ethics and Professional Conduct Session 2,...

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Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia TEP1281 Ethics and Professional Conduct Lecture 9 Regulating Commerce & Speech in Cyberspace Session 2, 2011/2012
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Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia Table of Content 1. Regulating Cyberspace 2. The Ontology of Cyberspace 3. Cyberspace as a Medium 4. Two Different Senses of ―Cyberspace Regulation‖ 5. Digital Rights Management Technology 6. Spam 7. Censorship 8. Pornography in Cyberspace 9. Two types of controversial speech in Cyberspace 10. Software Filtering Programs 11. Defamation in Cyberspace
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Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia Regulating Cyberspace • John Weckert (2000) notes that concerns about cyberspace regulation raise two distinct questions: (1) Should cyberspace be regulated? (2) Can it be regulated? 1
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Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia Regulating Cyberspace (Continued) • Assuming that cyberspace can be regulated, who should be responsible for carrying out the regulatory functions: the government, private organizations, Internet users themselves? 1
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Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia Cyberspace Regulation (Continued) • Two additional questions involving cyberspace regulation need to be considered: (1) What, exactly, do we mean by cyberspace? (2) What is meant by regulation (and, in particular, by "regulation" as it applies to cyberspace)? 1
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Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia The Ontology of Cyberspace What, exactly, is cyberspace? Cyberspace is roughly equivalent to the Internet. – i.e., the network of interconnected computers . Is cyberspace a place ? – – i.e., a virtual space that consists of all the data and information that resides in the connected servers and databases that make up the Internet? Or is cyberspace a medium of some sort? 2
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Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia Cyberspace as a Medium • Mike Goodwin (2003) believes that the Internet is a new kind of medium. • It is a medium that is significantly different from earlier media, such as the telephone or television. The telephone is a “one-to-one medium” The television as a “one-to-many medium” • Goodman suggests that the Internet be characterized as a ―many-to-many medium.‖ 3
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University Malaysia Cyberspace as a Medium (Continued) • Camp and Chien (2000) note that there are four types of media: publisher, broadcast , distributor , common carrier . 3
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