The Internet and widespread use of blogging, email, social media and e-commerce have foregrounded new, complex moral issues and dilemmas.
<i>Morgan:</i> Intellectual property issues that have arisen at Berkeley are not related specifically to copyrighting and licensing of computer software. Our impetus to begin this effort did not, in fact, come from the success of VisiCalc. It came in late '82 and '83, when there was a great deal of interest within the UC system about some of the… (More)
As the World Wide Web has grown in popularity, the propriety of linking to other web sites has achieved some prominence as an important moral and legal issue. Hyperlinks represent the essence of Web-based activity, since they facilitate navigation in a unique and efficient fashion. But the pervasive activity of linking has generated notable controversies.… (More)
What exactly is <i>Cyberethics</i>? How did the field develop? What are some of the central issues and themes in this field, and what methodologies are used by those working in this area of applied ethics? These and related questions are considered in the readings included in Chapter 1. It is perhaps important to note at the outset that the field that many… (More)
This paper reviews Facebook's controversial privacy policies as a basis for considering how social network sites can better protect the personal information of their users. We argue that Facebook's architecture leaves its users too exposed, especially to online surveillance. This architecture must be modified and Facebook must be more proactive in… (More)
This chapter, focusing primarily on the search engine company Google, considers the problems Internet companies have confronted in adapting to the strict censorship regime in China, which is executed with the help of its " great firewall. " Google initially decided to comply with that regime but later changed its mind to the detriment of its whole China… (More)
Internet Governance While the World Wide Web and the Internet have created many opportunities for data sharing and electronic commerce , they have also posed some formidable problems for lawmakers of national governments. The Internet has traditionally been decentralized and self-governing, and it has so far evaded strict or systemic regulations. However,… (More)
AbstrAct This chapter presents some foundational concepts and issues in intellectual property. We begin by defining intellectual objects, which we contrast with physical objects or tangible goods. We then turn to some of the normative justifications that have been advanced to defend the granting of property rights in general, and we ask whether those… (More)