Tom Kelliher, CS 200
Feb. 16, 2006
Read: Chapter 4.
Turn in answers to these questions: 3, 10, 18.
- What is it?
- Why is it so prevalent? Why does it pay?
- MAPS Realtime Blackhole List.
Ethical evaluation: social contract theory, Kantian, utilitarian.
Does the system have too much authority? What are the risks involved
in widespread use of the system?
- CAN SPAM act.
- Explicit opt-in, labeling of advertising, impose a cost, sender
ID, ban unsolicited e-mail.
- The Web.
- Attributes of the Web: decentralized, objects have unique
addresses, uses Internet as transport
- How much control should be exerted? (See discussion question
- Censorship vs. freedom of expression: pornography, protecting
children, combating the spread of terrorism.
Web filters. (Norton Internet Security, Net Nanny)
- Identity theft (phishing).
- Identity changes: gaming, chat room predators, police sting
- Does spam include bulk, unsolicited e-mail from nonprofit organizations?
Should nonprofit organizations be regulated the same way as for-profit
organizations with respect to their use of bulk, unsolicited e-mail?
- ISPs monitor their chat rooms and expel users who violate their codes of
conduct. For example, users can be kicked off for insulting a person or a
group of people based on their race, religion, or sexual orientation. Is
it wrong for an ISP to expel someone for hate speech?
- Stockbrokers are now required to save all their IM communications. Is
having a record of everything you type good or bad? Do you think this
behavior will change the behavior of brokers?
- Discuss similarities and differences between the Internet and these other
media: telephones, newspapers, broadcast TV, and cable TV. Should
governments ignore the Internet or regulate it somehow? If it should be
regulated, should the regulations be similar to the regulations for one of
the existing media, or should they be unique in significant ways?
- Should children be prevented from accessing some Web sites? Who should be
responsible for the actions of children surfing the Web?
- A company uses pop-up advertising to market its software product,
which blocks pop-ups. Discuss the morality of this marketing strategy.
Thomas P. Kelliher