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    Home work

    Notes on pp 29..51 Chapter 3. Regulating and Governing the Internet


    IEEE Ethics


    1. Introduction: freedom brings problems. Control by norms, law, marketplace, or code?
    2. The Internet
      1. History
      2. Architecture
      3. WWW
      4. Commerce: infrastructure, B2C, B2B, C2B, Portal
      5. Properties: cheap, near, asynchronous,anonymous, many-to-many, distributed, flexible
      6. Social problems and costs

    3. Alternative Approaches
      1. Rely on Norms
      2. Invisible hand: market
      3. Visible regulation (and invisible dominance?)
      4. Bottom up: the code, the whole code, and nothing but the code??

    4. Need for governance: DNS and ICANN
    5. Net Regulation needs Ethics.


    1. Questions on the reading: think, pair, square, share.
    2. Define: DNS TCP IP ICANN IETF WWW .edu .tv B2B C2B B2C WIPO HTML HTTP XML ...
    3. Give four(4) reasons for and four(4) reasons against a government legislating to regulate cyberspace.
    4. Spam: nobody wants it but it doesn't it go away. Why? Is this an example of the invisible hand of the marketplace?
    5. How do horror stories in the media effect the government's desire to regulate cyberspace?
    6. Give four(4) reasons for and four(4) reasons against a government legislating to regulate cyberspace.
    7. p51 1 Pro/con extensive government regulation of Internet
    8. p51 2 evaluate the bottom up approach
    9. p51 3 how does structure/architecture affect regulatory structure
    10. p51 4 ICANN?
    11. Make a list of examples of media statements about the dangers of the Internet -- whether or not you agree with them.
    12. Make a list of attempts by governments and authorities (all levels from individual up to international) that try to control some aspect of the Internet. Classify as code, market, and government.
    13. What major changes occurred in the Internet from 1960's to now? To what extent did each change increase and decrease users freedom.
    14. Give examples of how current Internet architecture and technology controls people's behavior.
    15. Spam: should the US government legislate against it? Give 3 reasons for and 3 against government control of spam.
    16. Describe half-a-dozen ways to make money on the Internet. Which of these are legal and which are ethical?
    17. What is the invisible hand? Do you believe in it? Why/Why not?
    18. How does the Internet defy regulation? Give 6 specific examples.
    19. Give example of how code supplies some of the regulation on the Internet and compare it's effectiveness with legislation.
    20. Give examples of how code, norms, law, and marketplace can reduce the freedom of the Internet.
    21. Should this campus control the content of websites stored on it's servers? Give 5 arguments for and against.
    22. Code,Norms, market, law: give examples of how each these can be unethical.



    Work for next time

  1. Read: pp 53-89 Free Speech vs Content Control

  2. Write and Hand in notes.

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  3. p51::="Discussion questions on page 51 of text book".

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