What is Internet ethics?

Ethics are a set of moral principles that govern an individual or a group on what is acceptable behaviour while using a computer. Computer ethics is a set of moral principles that govern the usage of computers.

One of the common issues of computer ethics  is violation of copyright issues. Duplicating copyrighted content without the author’s approval, accessing personal information of others are some of the examples that violate ethical principles.

Internet Ethics means acceptable behaviour for using internet. We should be honest, respect the rights and property of others on the internet.

We have to know and accept that internet is not a value free-zone. World Wide Web is a place where values are considered in the broadest sense so we must be careful while shaping content and services and we should always recognize that internet is not apart from universal society, but a primary component of it.

Internet belongs to everyone and there is no barrier of national and local cultures. It cannot be subject to a single set of values, like the local TV channel or the local newspaper, but must adapt to the multiplicity of uses.

We should avoid chatting with strangers and forwarding e-mails from unknown people /strangers. We must be aware of risks involved in chatting and forwarding e-mails to strangers.

We must not use internet to fool others by pretending to be someone else. Hiding our own identity to fool others in the Internet world is a crime and may also be a risk to others.

We must not use rude or bad language while using e-Mail, chatting, blogging and using social networks. We need to respect their views and should not criticize anyone on the internet.

We should not give personal details like home address, phone numbers, interests, passwords. We should be careful about sending photos to strangers because it might be misused and shared with others without our knowledge.

Internet is mostly used to listen to music, watch videos and play games. We must not use it to download them or share copyrighted material. We must be aware of the importance of copyrights and issues of copyright.

  • Do not use computers to harm other users.
  • Do not use computers to steal others information.
  • Do not access files without the permission of the owner.
  • Do not copy copyrighted software without the author’s permission.
  • Always respect copyright laws and policies
  • Respect the privacy of others, just as you expect the same from others.
  • Do not use other user’s computer resources without their permission.
  • Use Internet ethically.

You can check this website for internet ethics: https://www.infosecawareness.in/concept/student/internet-ethics

Watch this video to learn more: https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/protecting-your-students-privacy-on-social-media

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