Understanding Online Sexual Harassment Essay

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Communications has been in a process of evolution and revolution from the time the first cave person drew pictures on a wall through the inventions of the printing press, the telephone, radio, and television to the most current revolution – the Internet. This paper will attempt to briefly examine online sexual harassment and the constitutionally granted rights of the First Amendment. In the interests of brevity and to remain with in the parameters of the paper any discussion will exclude workplace sexual harassment, flaming and stalking. The issue of public versus private forum has been discussed in many papers and journals and will not be covered in this paper. We also assume that any reader of this paper has a basic knowledge of sexual …show more content…
Separate computers administered each domain and "root server" directed traffic among thedomains". The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) was responsible for assigning numbers. In 1992 this responsibility was transferred, at the governments’ request, to InterNic, administered by Network Solutions. In September 1998, The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was established to take on this responsibility. ICANN’s board of Directors would be comprised of members designated by IANA and NSI would provide technical aide.

All information on the Internet travels via Internet Protocol (IP) from one network to other networks and finally to its destination through packets. "Headers carry addresses for the packet’s source and destination and instructions for how to reassemble packets when they reach their destination". Large messages are split into several packets and sent individually to their destination through routers. "IP packets first travel through physical, wired networks like Local Area Networks (LAN’s) that connect PC’s in most or telephone wires to a central office switch. But to reach a network beyond a LAN, or central office, packets must pass through an IP router that is connected to the LAN or the telephone network. An IP router sends a packet on the next router that will best relay the packet to its destination. Addresses allow
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