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Ethics and the Internet

Author(s): Scott P. Muir

Journal: MLA Forum
ISSN 1539-4123

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Ethics | Internet | Philosophy

The Internet is having a substantive effect on how people in our society behave and interact. For the first time in our history children are more comfortable and knowledgeable with a technology than are their parents, and there are important considerations in this switch (Tapscott, 1998). Telecommunication networks and computer technology are leading the change that is transforming our lives and we lack the resources to understand how to cope with the ethical changes (Stahl, 1999). The internet put us in touch with the entire interconnected world with the ability to hurt, misunderstand, or infuriate through unintended cultural differences (Langford, 2000). This paper will not discuss intentional criminal behavior; things such as identity theft, scamming people for money, breaking into unauthorized computer systems and other such behaviors that go beyond the scope of this research. Instead this paper will focus on netiquette and censorship, plagiarism, copyright, and music downloading.
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