Should freedom of speech on the internet prevail over protection of the public interest?
What are the relevant public interests?
Should there by government regulation, or reliance on technology? See NetNanny for example.
Some current issues from around the world include:
China / Google
"With traditional print circulation declining and advertising revenue weak — both from online and from print — media companies are trying to extract new sources of revenue from online readers, despite the risk that they could alienate some by charging for access.
The Wall Street Journal, also owned by News Corp., The Financial Times and Newsday all charge for access. The New York Times has announced a plan to do so. Each has a payment system developed largely in-house.
News Corp. announced in August that all of its titles would move to charging for Web access. Its chairman and chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, threatened last year to remove his publications’ stories from Google's search index to encourage people to pay for content online."
What Happens as Google Uncensors Search in China?
Google has stopped censoring results on its Chinese search engine, but many underlying pages are still blocked. Meanwhile, some Chinese say Google risks a government shutdown of its service.
Viacom and Google broke their silence Thursday in their legal battle, as Viacom claimed that Google's YouTube unit had sought to exploit copyrighted works for profit, while Google argued that Viacom itself had secretly uploaded copyrighted clips it later demanded YouTube remove. The claims are among the many divulged as a federal judge and the parties to the case released a slew of documents.
You should review the following for some background understanding (as well as the material referred to in the study guide):
Australian Federal Police
Costs - UK
On the rise - US
Is legislation or technology/awareness the solution? Which countries have attempted to combat phishing by legislation?
We have swapped weeks 3 and 4 of class, so Monday will be all about PRIVACY and will be taught by Carly.
During class we will be talking about a wide range of issues concerning privacy and the internet. To prepare, you can review the following:
Office of the Privacy Commissioner - (Includes links to Privacy Act and Privacy Principles)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation v Lenah Game Meat Pty Ltd (2002) 208 CLR 199
Internet Industry Association - (see Code of Conduct)
Article 17 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
See for example:
Are they sufficient?
Workplace email / internet privacy
Articles regarding Buzz (already posted on blog)
Use in litigation
In the past few weeks, we have seen a series of legal issues arise in relation to comments on the internet – particularly on Facebook.
In one case, $30,000 in damages was rewarded in response to defamatory comments by a man using various pseudonyms on a stock market forum. We have also seen an Indonesian man currently face jail time for insulting his music mentor on Facebook. ..."
See also - Facebook Ads article
A good article on class action lawsuits in the United States that come after a ransomware attack: Washington Post article "“Companies ...
The United Nations intellectual property agency (WIPO) is the latest front in the US-China trade war. http://www.theage.com.au/world/sad-am...
Carly Long, an expert in domain name litigation, will teach the first half of the class this Tuesday evening. You may wish to have a look a...
This website has some useful links and references: http://www.epiphanysolutions.co.uk/article-index/rights-and-laws-of-the-internet/