the chief investigator in the Amy Boyer cyberstalking case, for some helpful information that he provided dur- ing an interview with him. References 1999 Report on cyberstalking: a new challenge fir law en- forcement and industry, . CONCLUSION In this study, we have considered some of the salient moral issues involving cyberstalking in general, and the Amy Boyer case in particular. We have seen how, in the Boyer case, cyberstalking has raised certain kinds of con- cerns for personal privacy that go beyond earlier privacy concerns involving the use of computer technology. Be- cause of the kinds of moral concerns raised in the Boyer case, we considered questions having to do with where exactly the sphere and the scope of moral responsibility should lie in cyberstalking incidents in general. We ar- gued that both Interner Service Providers (ISPs) and in- dividual online users should assume moral responsibil- ity, each in different ways. Although we do not purport to have laid out a definitive answer to the question of how this should be done, and although we recognize the difficulties inherent in defending arguments for moral responsibility at both the organizational and individual levels, we offer a brief argument for why individuals should act to prevent harm from coming to others. That is, we believe that ordinary users have a ~duty to assist ~ others to the extent that they can prevent harm from coming to their fellow users, wherever (or whenever) it is in their power to do so. California Civil Code 1708.7, laws.html Dorman, Michael ~The Killing of Kitty Genovese". . Foote, D. "You could get raped", Newsweek, Vol. 133, No. 6, Feb 8, 1999, p. 64-65. Gilligan, Carol, In a Different Voice, Harvard University Press, 1982. Grodzinsky, Frances and Herman T. Tavani, ~Is Cyberstalking A Special Type of Computer Crime?'Proceedings of Ethicomp 2001, Gdansk, Poland, June 2001, Vol. 2, pp.72-81. Greenberg, P. "Public Internet, Private Lives," State Leg- islatures, Vol.27, No. 2, February, 2001, pp. 39-42. Hatcher, Colin Gabriel. CYBER STALKING. . Held, Virginia. "The Meshing of Care and Justice", Hypatia, University of Indiana Press, Spring, 1995. Acknowledgments Significant portions of Sections 2 and 3 of the present paper are extracted from H. T. Tavani Introduction to Cyberethics: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies (forthcom- ing from John Wiley & Sons Publishers). We are grateful to Wiley for permission to use that material in this pa- per. This paper expands upon an earlier work, entitled ~Is Cyberstalkiag a Special Type of Computer Crime? ~ which was presented at the Ethicomp 2001 Conference in Gdansk, Poland, June 2001. We are grateful to partici- pants at that conference, especially to Anton Vedder, for some very helpful comments and suggestions that we received. We also wish to thank Detective Sergeant Frank Paison of the Nashua, NH Police Department, who was Hitchcock, J.A.'Cyberstalking ", Link-Up, Vol. 17, No.
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