In this book, Cees J Hamelink proposes an answer to - how should democratic societies organize cyberspace? - that puts human-rights, rather than profit, at the top of the agenda. He argues that conventional ethical approaches are all seriously flawed. There is a growing volume of moral rules, netiquettes and codes of conduct, but they are of little help in solving the moral dilemmas raised by the new technologies. In this book the author analyzes the inadeqacies of current global governance policies and structures that underpin them, and argues for standards which put justice, human security and freedom first.
Chapter 2: Morality in CyberSpace
Morality in CyberSpace
Old Issues and New Issues
The growth of interactions in CyberSpace raises moral concerns and sometimes even moral panic. This is particularly the case in relation to the distribution of pornographic materials involving children, toddlers and even babies through the Internet. However, not only such extreme cases are causes for concern about sex in CyberSpace.
Sex sells well, also in CyberSpace. Actually, sex is among the driving forces of Internet growth, as it was with cable television, videocassettes and camcorders. Naughty Linx (an online index of JMR Creations, Boston) reports in 1998 that there were over 28,000 sex sites on the World Wide Web ranging from the Playboy Cyberclub to the Masturbation Home Page. Estimated revenues of sex sites are between ...