The Importance Of Cyberspace By Esther Dyson

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There is only one place in which a person in the United States may instantly communicate with numerous other people in different countries. This place is cyberspace. In the essay Cyberspace: If You Don’t Love it, Leave it, Esther Dyson focuses on the ideas of cyberspace and its regulations. Cyberspace has been deemed as fascinating to individuals across the world for many reasons. For example, individuals are infatuated with the idea of being able to access almost anything without having the judgement of others as a worry. Within cyberspace, there are many different communities that were formed for different reasons. Many of these digital communities have their own guidelines and rules individuals must follow. Dyson expresses her opinion of …show more content…
In today’s world, anonymous websites make it possible to bully one without revealing any identification, “A 14-year old girl was found hanged in her bedroom after receiving hate messages on her ask.fm page where they told her to cut herself, drink bleach, and kill herself. [On this website], the users are allowed to ask questions while remaining anonymous” (Nobullying 1). As long as these websites exist, there is no possible way to stop individuals with access to the internet from bullying their peers. Therefore, a global village will never be able to exist due to people abusing their power to control their actions when it comes to bullying online. In addition, bullying on social media has become an unmanageable problem for some teenagers, “Last year I got an Instagram account made about me. The got pictures off my Instagram and posted it on theirs. I was being called [inappropriate names]. I was so upset, that I self-harmed” (Cyberbullying 1). As social media outlets, such as Instagram, become more popular, so does cyberbullying. Since there is no way to be sure one is creating a false profile during the initial creation process, Instagram can’t completely regulate their users and manage a global village. Online messaging apps have also proven to be a problem when it comes to anonymous cyberbullying, “Brian Lidle, the principal at Ann Simpson Davis Middle School in …show more content…
Since the beginning of cyberspace, there have been countless cases credit card and ATM number theft; one extreme case involves one of the most dangerous hackers, “Albert Gonzalez paved his way to Internet fame when he collected over 170 million credit card and ATM card numbers over a period of 2 years” (Lee 1). This number is equal to just over a bit of half of the United State’s population, so the Gonzalez’ illegal obtention of so much information negatively impacted the lives of many. Since no one could stop Gonzalez for two years, one can observe that a global village would be impossible to manage due to individuals like Albert Gonzalez. Other hacking cases include those in which huge organizations were affected great, “[Jonathon] James hacked into NASA’s network and downloaded enough source code to learn how the International Space Station worked... To add insult to injury, NASA had to shut down their network for three whole weeks while they investigated the breach, which cost them $41,000” (1). This case greatly upset the world and showed that even NASA, an organization with impeccable protection that guards their systems, wasn’t completely safe from the dangers of cyberspace. Furthermore, if NASA can’t manage their own miniature village, the world won’t be able to manage their own huge global village. In addition, hackers may also be able to illegally

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