Dealing with ethical issues among internet users: Do we need legal enforcement?

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Abstract

Information and communication technologies (ICTs), in particular of the Internet and of the World Wide Web, have paved the way for numerous ICT related development and initiative. In as much as there are beneficial usage of the Internet, there is also unethical usage and abuse. The Internet is like a double edge sword and care must be taken when indulging in this vast ocean of knowledge and information. Studies on ethical issue have centred much on internet security like hacking of personal information and data theft, including in business. This paper will look at the recent trends related to the ethical usage of the Internet, especially involving social media usage and hacking of government websites and legal enforcement that can be used to address ethical issues among Internet users. Data is derived from secondary sources. From the secondary data or literature, hacking has been a subject of concern following the hackings of website of government departments by the group anonymous. There are some cases of internet abuse, especially social media involving scams and personal relationship. There is also the use of social media to incite hatred, especially against authorities leading to widespread unrest. Hence, this implies, putting in place some guiding principles and more stringent legal enforcement to curb the unethical use and abuse of the Internet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume9
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2013

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Keywords

  • Ethical usage
  • Internet
  • Internet security
  • Internet usage
  • Legal enforcement
  • Social media

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Dealing with ethical issues among internet users : Do we need legal enforcement? / Salman, Ali; Saad, Suhana; Ali, Mohd Nor Shahizan.

In: Asian Social Science, Vol. 9, No. 8, 25.04.2013, p. 3-8.

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