Ethics Online

Johnson, Deborah G. “Ethics Online.” Communications of the ACM.  JAN 1997: 60-65. Web. 19 Sep. 2013. <http://delivery.acm.org/10.1145/250000/242875/p60-johnson.pdf?ip=128.6.238.66&gt;.

This article brings several important aspects of online anonymity to the foreground. In an age of technology changing an updating in such a rapid pace, how do we keep up with laws and security online? We feel free to share information, thoughts, ideas, and even our own creations like formatting codes, but how can we protect what is “ours” when it can be so easily replicated online? Furthermore, how do we protect our own identity when it, like these smaller properties, can also easily be replicated online? Because people are able to post online under anonymous or pseudonyms, security is not guaranteed, and neither is good human ethics. Anyone can post something on the web and attribute it to another person’s name, whether they are aware of it or not. For this reason, establishing a sense of trust on the internet is extremely difficult, because you can never be sure the person you are communicating with is actually who you believe it to be, and likewise, the information you come across may not be as reliable as you would think. The speed and distance that information can travel online has pros and cons, but in the case of stolen information or things that should be kept private, it is definitely a curse.

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