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Information Technology Management
ITM 407
Candace Grant

Wednesday November 21 , 2012 ITM407 Week 11 Preparation Notes Regulating Commerce and Speech in Cyberspace Readings: Tavani Chpt 5 Regulating Commerce and Speech in Cyberspace, Sections 5.1, 5.2 and 5.6 Regulating Commerce and Speech in Cyberspace We are uncomfortable about some of the content on the internet. We are uncomfortable about some of the ways the internet is used. Should the internet be regulated? Weckert suggests we consider whether it is even possible to regulate the internet - who should do it and how would they carry it out. Read sections 5.1 and 5.2 and be able to answer the following questions: What is cyberspace? Cyberspace is the area where online world meets; it is considered virtual space that contains all of the data and information that resides in the connected servers that make up Internet. It is also considered a medium that many to many relationship between users. What is the difference between treating cyberspace as a public space versus treating it as a broadcast medium when we are trying to determine policies on using cyberspace? When treating cyberspace as a public space, there are good legal and moral reasons that we must follow to ensure everyone has access to it and it is a public property/space. • Just like a public space, everyone has the right to visit the park at any time of the day therefore if cyberspace is considered public space, people must be given the same kind of freedom When considering cyberspace as a broadcast medium, there must be some sort of laws and rules that prevent displaying inappropriate materials to general users. • There must be policies that restrict some content to the everyday users as it may be inappropriate or may offend someone Wednesday November 21 , 2012 What is the difference between regulating “content” versus regulating “process” and look at the example of how Canada regulates content versus process in monitoring the food industry? Regulating Content: means to monitor the type of material that is shown to everyone and is not deceiving or misleading. For example, should online pornography and hate speech should be censored or not. Regulating Process: is implementing rules and policies to ensure that everything runs smoothly or does not harm anyone in any way. For example, public health boards send out health officials to inspect restaurants and grocery’s to ensure they meet the sanitation standards in preparing food. Lessig gives us a model for regulating environments. What are the four modes of regulation in Lessig’s Model and how would you apply them to regulating the cigarette industry in Canada? The 4 modes of regulation in Lessig’s model are: • Laws o Law regulation can be applied by restricting the manufactures of cigarette from advertising on TV or in magazines • Social norms o Social norm regulation can regulate the cigarette industry by having home owner show a sign that says “Thank you for not smoking in our house” or a restaurant owner dividing the restaurant into smoking and non-smoking sections under the social pressure • Market pressure o Market pressure can affect the price of cigarette to be so high that only wealthy can afford to purchase it • Architecture o Architecture regulation which can regulate the cigarette industry by locating all the cigarettes being sold in
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