Kim Mattson

ITS 360

CH 5

What Would You Do?

2.  I would question my friend as to how moral he will feel doing such a task. It is only a job, unless he supports the Chinese government. Digital information never goes away, it exists somewhere and can be traced back to him and may have repercussions in the future.

4.  I would question my friend why he hasn’t spoken up sooner; why wait so long? While an internal corporate blog site, starting with human resources, even anonymously, would be a more appropriate route. I would also question him about any proof he may have, proof would be vital if the discrimination needs to be addressed.

Cases

 WikiLeaks continues to post classified information

1. The first amendment protects WikiLeaks because the freedom of the press guarantees the press is free to print as long as no subsequent laws are broken.

2. WikiLeaks is justified releasing Syrian emails because they self-publish and have website hosting outside of Syria, effectively avoiding all Syrian speech laws. This does not differ from the release of classified U.S. documents because both the first amendment grants Freedom of the Press means that WikiLeaks is free to publish as long as no laws are broken by those who publish them.

3. I do not believe any limits should be placed on WikiLeaks right to post government and corporate secrets because the people that run WikiLeaks are not the ones breaking the law, they are just reporting on what has been given to them. It is important to provide Freedom to the press to keep authoritarian governments from spreading propaganda as opposed to real news.

 

Facebook, Freedom of Speech, Defamation, and Cyberbullying

1. Facebook is protected by law from liability of content posted on its website from third-party users because of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. I think Facebook should be protected by Section 230 because the creators of the website are not responsible for the user’s content because Facebook is only giving the user a platform, and not an endorsement or promotion.

2. Facebook can have free speech limits in school, such as in Florida’s “Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act.”  The act prohibits any teasing, any type of harassment, intimidation; basically any bullying via a social media site while in school or a school related activity.

3. Yes. Cyberbullying laws are a fine line, mostly they pertain to being in school and related activities and it doesn’t apply once outside of school.  It doesn’t matter how many laws are passed, there are some people in society that are petty and lack a level of empathy.