Censorship or Offensiveness? Acceptable Use

Tom Kelliher, CS29

Apr. 24, 1997


  1. Censorship.

  2. Offensiveness.

  3. Acceptable use.


Real life examples:

  1. ``Condom Country'' link in Other Sites of Interest.

  2. Cross-dressing link on a home page.

  3. Link from home page to page of an alumnus. Alumnus' page has pornographic image.

  4. Disk quotas.

  5. Student home pages on ``official'' server.


  1. Is anything from the previous section offensive? To whom?

  2. Is this offensive?

  3. What about this ?

  4. The ``MUD flame'' incident. Retaliation: access denied to entire College.

Questions: Who is the audience? Who judges? Who decides? Who patrols?

Acceptable Use

  1. Use guidelines .

  2. Account sharing.

  3. Anonymizers. Hidden identity/responsibility.

  4. Breaking into systems.

  5. Sniffing network traffic.

  6. Browsing others files. Editing.

  7. Firewalls --- protection vs. access.

  8. Inadvertent denial of service attacks (mail forwarders).

  9. Viruses.

  10. Quota circumvention.

  11. Commercial use.

Thomas P. Kelliher
Wed Apr 23 15:41:54 EDT 1997
Tom Kelliher