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Ryerson University
Information Technology Management
ITM 407
Candace Grant

Wednesday December 5 , 2012h 4th Questions– 4 % each: Regulating Cyberspace – the internet should be regulated? 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 serves that make up the Internet. It is roughly considered to be equivalent to the Internet (the network of interconnected computers). It is also considered a medium that many to many relationships between users. For example:  One connection to another (Telephone): the telephone does not care what the two individuals are talking about, the company is only interested in the medium which is to make sure that the network is working properly One to many (TV): the broadcaster is only concerned about the distribution Many to many (Internet): many people are using different sources to communicate with many people When treating cyberspace as a public space, there are good legal and moral reasons that we must follow to ensure that everyone has access to it since 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 since cyberspace is considered a public space and 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 should be policies that restrict some content to the everyday user as it may be inappropriate or it can even offend someone. The difference between regulating “content” versus regulating “process” is that: • 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 be censored or not. • Regulating Process – 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 that they meet the sanitation standards in preparing food. th Wednesday December 5 , 2012 -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
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