Internet Control and Cyberliteracy
Today I specifically was interested in the question that Professor Stern asked at the end of the group presentation. The question was in regards to the internet and law, and if the government should play a bigger role online. Overall, I think this is a touchy subject. It is truly awful to see that people are getting murdered or committing suicide over incidents that happen online, but I don’t necessarily feel as if it something that the government or law enforcements can control.
I think in more ways it would be an invasion of privacy and a disregard for the freedom of speech. I do think though, hate crime online should be treated just the same as hate crime in the physical world. I also think that bullying online should be dealt the same way it is dealt with in the physical space. But overall I think people should work on being more cyberliterate about these subjects. For a class, I read a book by Laura Gurak called cyberliteracy and it really made me want to understand what really goes on on the internet. I feel that everyone should be cyberliterate and learn about the different tools, sites, and issues online so that when the encounter a problem, they know how to handle it appropriately
I also believe that parents should have a greater involvement in what their children do online. They don’t necessarily have to track everything their kids do, but rather ask them about it. Many parents ask their children what they did at school, and they should also ask them what they did online today also.
The internet is a part of the way we live now, and as it progresses it will be increasingly difficult to control it without violating our freedoms that we have today.