Internet Morality : Should It Be The Same As Real World Morality?

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Internet morality: Should it be the same as real world morality?
Should we have the same expectations?

Name: Stephen Donnelly
Matric. No: 01012291
Programme: BEng (Hons) Computer Networks & Systems
Module: INF10101 – Information: Society & Security
Assessment: Coursework Element 2: Essay
Word Count: 1994

Declaration: I hereby confirm that this assignment is my own and has not been submitted for any other assessment.

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine the questions “Internet morality: Should it be the same as real world morality? Should we have the same expectations?” In this paper three areas of the Internet have been discussed to examine how the morality of the Internet world relates to the expectations we have of morality in the real world. The main findings of the paper show that currently interactions within the Internet do not conform to our expectations of morality, when compared to real world situations. In the examples explored the use of personal data, the sharing of copyrighted material and through offensive online messages it is shown how many users of the Internet demonstrate little in the way of an understanding of the morality and implication of the actions they are taking. The conclusions of this paper are that we do not see real world morality translated to the Internet world, however it is something we should expect and strive for.
Contents

1. Introduction 1
2. Morality and the Internet 2
2.1 Use of Personal Data 2
2.2…

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