Internet Ethics: Issues that Push the Boundaries Essay
Ethics in a Virtual World
While the internet has brought with it a vast amount of resources, business opportunities, artistic expressions and an endless number of new conveniences, it has not been without its share of criticisms. With the emergence of this virtually unsupervised world, has come the realization that "the internet knows no physical boundaries and also no moral or ethical ones"(Emmans, 2000, p.25). The internet is a world that seems to meet every type of person's needs, wants, and expectations. Therefore, defining a set of ethics and then regulating the content of the web based on it would inevitably violate someone's constitutional rights. A few of the most ethically …show more content…
The Communications Decency Act, which "made it a felony to make sexually explicit material that is patently offensive available to minors over the internet", was passed by congress, signed into law by President Clinton and then declared unconstitutional by a judicial review all in a short amount of time(Beaver, 2000, p.376). Proceeding this failure, another more specific act, the Child Online Protection Act, was created that introduced the idea of requiring a credit card number upon entering any commercial adult site. This act, which relied on internet security, was also faced with much opposition and in February of 1999, it too, was ruled unconstitutional(Beaver, 2000).
The difficulty that these acts both faced is just a small dose of the reality that the internet will not be limited or regulated easily. Is it the right of all legal adults to post or view pornography on the internet? Should pornography be considered as merely another e-business venture that has been brought about by the invention of the World Wide Web? Is protecting the children of this world more important than constitutional rights of others? Is pornography even proven to be damaging to the youth? These are all questions that must be considered when exploring the ethics of internet pornography. Internet Fraud: False Information and Identities
For many, the internet provides an unedited free forum on which to