The Importance of Legal and Ethnical Standards for Technology

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The Importance of Legal and Ethnical Standards for Technology Everyday millions of people are using the Internet. The Internet gives people the freedom to look up and download a variety of information. But where is the line drawn to determine how far someone is allowed to go when using the Internet? Laws and regulations for the Internet are just as important as they are in everyday life. Netiquette, Acceptable Use Policies, and Copyright laws are exceptionally vital when using the Internet. Netiquette is etiquette for the Internet. It is a set of ten rules for behaving properly online. The purpose of Netiquette is to help new users of the Internet minimize their mistakes, and to help experienced cyberspace travelers help the new users. The following list is a set of rules for Netiquette. The number one rule is to "remember the human" (Shea). This means do unto others as other do unto you. The second rule of Netiquette is to "adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life" (Shea). Because people sometimes forget that there is a human being on the other side of the computer, some people think that a lower standard of ethics or personal behavior is acceptable in the Internet. The third rule of Netiquette is to "know where you are in cyberspace" (Shea). What is perfectly acceptable in one area may be dreadfully rude in another. The fourth rule is to "respect other people's time" (Shea). It is your responsibility to ensure that the time Internet users spend reading your posting is not wasted. The fifth rule is to "make yourself look good online" (Shea). Those you talk to on the web cannot see you. No one will be judged by appearances, but you will be judged by the quality of your wri... ... middle of paper ... life. Laws on the web are just as valuable or even more important than the laws that are given to us by our government. The Internet is generous and allows much freedom to those that use it. It is easy to take advantage of the resources provided to web users. The rules of Netiquette, acceptable use policies, and copyright laws help to manage the freedom of web users. Without restrictions and regulations, the Internet would be taken advantage of. Bibliography: Acceptable Use Policy. Intermedia Business Internet. 21 March 2001 Copyrights ….. Copyright Issues on the Internet. 21 March 2001 Shea, Virginia. The Core Rules of Netiquette. Netiquette. 21 March 2001 Usage Policy. IDT. 21 March 2001 Web Etiquette. Etiquette for Information Providers. 21 March 2001 The World Wide Web. The Copyright Website. 21 March 2001
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