Examing Ethical and Legal Issues

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Examining Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Online Content Jamon & David
Thea Cohen

Assessment A, Part 1: MBC News Interview
What are the main ethical issues on college campuses today? ☐ Animal research, manipulated study data and grant fraud. ☑ Plagiarism, cheating and copyright infringement.
☐ Paying for grades, fake degrees and financial aid fraud.

Do you think the Internet has made students less ethical?
☑ The Internet doesn't make people unethical; it only enables unethical people to do what they were always going to do - cheat, plagiarize, infringe on copyrights - easier and faster. ☐ The anonymity of the Internet encourages everyone to cut ethical corners. Virtually no one gets caught plagiarizing or infringing on copyrights, so everyone does it because they can. ☐ The Internet has made people more ethical as a whole because of the monitoring technology ISPs use to help the government fight crime. Since everyone is being watched constantly, they are all too scared to do anything even remotely unethical.

What can colleges do today to help encourage academic integrity and deter unethical behavior? ☐ By offering rewards to students that discover and report unethical behavior. ☐ By blocking access to websites that sell term papers, provide test answers or otherwise promote unethical behavior. ☑ By establishing a code of ethics that clearly defines what is acceptable behavior and taking disciplinary action against those that break the code.

Where is blogging going in the future?
☑ Blogging will become a more credible and valuable way to examine social, political, cultural, legal and entertainment issues. ☐ Blogging is likely a fad that will fade away once people realize there's no money in it. ☐ Blogging is going to be the standard format for news delivery, with traditional news outlets scrapping their multi-page articles for short, blog-style stories presented in chronological order.

Why should we pay...
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