Tom Kelliher, CS 200
Feb. 17, 2004
Read Chapter 5.
Bring in one online article relating to Chapter 5 for discussion.
- Three key characteristics of the Internet:
- Global, many-to-many scope.
- Anonymity. Various notions:
- Can information about us be linked to other information?
- Can we see those with whom we interact?
- Can we create alternate personas?
- In many ways, users are less anonymous. How? What about the
What is the ethical significance here?
- Copying is effortless and causes no ``damage.'' True?
- Enhances scope and anonymity.
- It's illegal. Why talk about it?
- Before policy vacuums were filled: Sharing of knowledge,
information should be ``free.''
- ``Defenses'' of hacking:
- Information should be free.
- Illustrates weaknesses of systems.
- No problem if a hacker does no harm, in fact, may learn
- Keep Big Brother at bay.
- Policy approaches. Educate:
- CS students.
- Players within the political and judicial systems.
- See beginning-of-chapter scenarios.
- MCP ``experimentation.''
Thomas P. Kelliher
Tue Feb 17 09:37:01 EST 2004