4.3.2 - The Internet - Social, Moral and Ethical Internet Issues

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  • Created on: 28-04-13 19:50
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  • Social, Moral and Ethical Internet Issues
    • Moral - Is it fair?
      • Deliberately setting up websites containing incorrect information
        • e.g. Wikipedia - people rely on that information so it is wrong to purposely post incorrect information
      • Bullying
        • Bullying others has become easier with the ability to become anonymous and it isn't face-to-face
      • Inappropriate Websites
        • Children can easily access ****, violence, racism etc.
      • Use of email/social networks to give bad news
        • Death of a family member, rejections or redundancy from jobs, break ups ec.
      • Spreading Rumours
    • Ethical - Moral with Justification
      • Plagiarism
        • Using someone else's work to gain credit
      • Sending Spam
        • Adds a time cost to the receiver as they have to sort through it
      • Organisations monitoring staff use of email/internet without permission
        • Privacy is breached
        • Some argue that the organisation has the right to do this
      • Using someone else's internet connection without permission
        • Considered the same as theft
      • Using photo editing software to distort reality
        • Giving false impressions
          • Travel agents making homes look nicer
          • Beauty products editing models
    • Accuracy of Information
      • Is there a bias opinion in the information given?
      • Has the information been checked for accuracy before going online?
      • Is the information misleading or lacking sufficient details?
      • Where is the source of information?
    • Privacy
      • Many people have been fired as a result of Facebook statuses
      • It is difficult to remove information from the internet - especially if web crawlers have a hold of it
      • Anyone can post personal information on the internet without persmission
    • Effects upon Communities
      • Use of  blogs, forums and petitions can highlight issues within a community
      • Housebound/elderly people may feel less isolation
      • Lack of actual social interaction
      • Employees don't have to be in an office
        • Remote communities become more sustainable
      • Local shops are struggling as a result of online shopping
    • Ownership and Control
      • No one owns the internet - it is simply ran by mutual consent of people and organisations which look after it
      • No control - unless there are laws of the country that state it
      • Access is available to everything from anywhere
      • Skepticism is needed about the source of information especially in journalism
      • For having ownership
        • Greater control - can monitor illegal downloads etc.
        • It is safer for children as restrictions can be made
      • Against ownership
        • Privacy concerns - the owners can access what people are doing without permission
        • Internet costs could rise as a result
        • The internet is perfectly fine as it is
    • Censorship
      • The internet is strong because it shows all views so people can be more informed
      • China stopped the installation of filtering software on all computers
      • Censorship based upon age is used in schools and available at homes
      • Nondemocratic governments are more interested in restricting information from the internet
  • e.g. Wikipedia - people rely on that information so it is wrong to purposely post incorrect information




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