Summarize what is being done to help the technological underclass gain access to the Internet.
Understand how the Internet threatens your right to privacy, and know what you can do about that.
Take steps to avoid being stalked on the Internet.
Exercise the appropriate security measures to protect the privacy of your information on the Internet.
Understand why protectionists seek to censor certain kinds of material on the Internet.
Realize how much Internet traffic is pornographic or obscene, and consider who should have access to such material.
Reflect on the impact of the evil side of technology that is being used to spread electronic hate on the Internet.
Understand the concept of copyright and fair use in cyberspace, and realize how important it is to exercise your right of fair use of electronic resources.
Define the purpose of a patent and list examples of how some technology companies have abused the patent system.
Define peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and understand the ethical and legal issues involved in P2P sharing of music and video via the Internet.

 Equity, Cost, and Universal Access

Universal Access has certain costs and timelines associated with it. Based on the links below, what evidence do you see that we are already approaching this goal? What actions do you think should be taken regarding the Digital Divide?

Universal Service Fund

A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use Of The Internet (2002)

Falling Through the Net, Toward Digital Inclusion (2000)

Pew Internet and American Life Project

The Petition

New Networks Press Release

New Networks Institute


Many people believe that the Internet is threatening privacy. Which of the groups and safeguards below do you think hold out a promise of protecting individual privacy?

Internet Fraud Complaint Center
Internet Fraud Complaint Center

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility's Carnivore site
Center for Democracy and Technology
Cookie Central logo

How Internet Cookies Work

Washington Post: Bugs that Go Through Computer Screens

Web Bug FAQ



Lavasoft Ad-aware

All About Phishing

Anti-Phishing Working Group


Trust in the Wired Americas
A report from Cheskin Research

COPA Commission

Coverage of Internet Privacy

W3C Platform for Privacy Preferences
Copyright © W3C® 1994-2002 (MIT, NRIA, Keio). All Rights Reserved.

EFF logoNational ID Card Action Alert




After you visit this site, what surprises did you have in the types of data that are readily accessible to searchers?

Discreet Data Research


Cyberstalking is another fear of many potential Internet users. Do these sites hold out hope of avoiding this or do they make you even more wary?


1999 Report on Cyberstalking from the US Department of Justice

Yahoo's Index of Cyberstalking Information


Which of these means of increasing security have you already tried? Do you think the cost is worth the value you place on security?


How Firewalls Work

Why You Need a Firewall


Internet Firewalls

Home PC Firewall Guide

Server Side

Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server
Client Side
Get NetWise: Tools for Families

Children's Internet Protection Act (Full Text)

National Regional Information Center Summary: Children's Internet Protection Act

American Library Association’s CIPA Web Site

CERT Home page

CERT Home Computer Security Guide

CERT Home Network Security Guide

Security of the Internet

Nationalism and Isolationism

Is it really possible to remain isolated in a world that is so thoroughly connected via the Internet?


There is an ongoing debate as to how and whether to censor content on the Internet. Did the information here help you develop an informed decision on how to handle this issue?

CDT Logo An Overview of the Communications Decency Act (CDA)

Pornography and Obscenity


The Internet Content Rating Association's system, which replaced the RASCi system, is a voluntary means of decreasing pornography and obscenity on the Net. What do you think of their approach?


Prejudice and Hatred

These sites chronicle the work of several groups to decrease the prejudice and hatred that some spread using the Internet. Which of their efforts seems likely to help this problem?

Anti-Defamation League

Hate Filter Civil

Chat Room Decency in MOOs, MUDs, IRCs, and MUSHes

After looking over the SafeKids site, do you think these rules and guidelines will help children remain safer online?


Copyright & Fair Use

With so much content on the Web, the problems of fair use and copyright are constantly before us. Do you think the new rules and approaches, such as the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, will help protect intellectual property? What effect will peer-to-peer file sharing have on future production of music or books?

US Copyright Office
A Visit to Copyright Bay
CCUMC Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia Fair Use Guidelines for
Educational Multimedia

WIPO Treaty World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Treaty

TEACH Act Primer

TEACH Act: Bill Summary & Status from


What rights should corporations have to profit from the inventions and discoveries they finance? What should belong to the public at large?


Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
What is your stand on peer-to-peer file sharing? How far should the broadcasters and entertainment industry be able to go to block sharing?

Yahoo! Directory of
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Communities and Networks



EFF "Intellectual Property - Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing" Archive

CDT: The Broadcast Flag: an Introduction

CDT: The Broadcast Flag Primer

EFF: The Broadcast Flag and "Plug & Play": The FCC's Lockdown of Digital Television

Case Study -- Privacy Statements

These links will help you complete the case study for this chapter.

Lehigh University



U.S. News

OECD Privacy Statement Generator

Virginia Tech Privacy Statement Generator

W3C's recommended privacy statement generators





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