Could There Be An Ethical Code for the Web?

A number of you have posted regarding the potential problems that can arise from prolonged or concentrated web usage.  This has been a concern since the emergence of the World Wide Web in the mid 1990’s.  Cyber bullying, stalking, posting private information or photos are but a few examples of various problems that have occurred, gaining national attention.  The Rutgers community were forcefully confronted with this in 2010 when Tyler Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge after his room, Durham Ravi alerted people to what he was doing in his dorm room.  There are numerous laws that have been constructed to ensure that individuals follow a codified set of uniform standards (or face the consequences, should they chose not to).  Yet, despite the interest that exists among a substantial number of people, the prospect of creating and monitoring the web seems an impossible task.  What are your thoughts on this subject?

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3 comments on “Could There Be An Ethical Code for the Web?

  1. I think it would be extremely difficult to monitor the web especially with amendments such as freedom of speech. Different people have different ideas of what is offensive and inappropriate and I think it would be almost impossible to create a world wide web code of ethics. I think if anything, the web could be monitored and controlled by specific countries. Which I think may already be a real thing? I’m not positive. But it is a very interesting topic!

  2. I agree with what you wrote; attempting to police the internet is a seemingly impossible task. That being said, there is potential for substantial benefits from increasing surveillance against say pedophiles targeting children in online chat-rooms or protecting sensitive information. But with the level of anonymity afforded by being remote and behind a computer screen, this sort of thing is much easier said than done.

  3. I agree with all of you that it is impossible, but I feel that it is going to be done sooner or later. The internet is becoming a form of medium that is in essence all of the mediums in existence together. Every single medium in the world has had its limitations and the internet I feel will not be different.

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