Rights and Responsibilities of Participants in Networked Communities

Rights and Responsibilities of Participants in Networked Communities

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This report is based on a November 1992 workshop and a February 1993 public forum which discussed some of the social issues raised by the emergence of electronic communities. The workshop examined user, provider, and other perspectives on different types of networked communities, including those on the Internet, commercial information services, and grass-roots networks. The following questions were addressed in the workshop: (1) What policies, laws, regulations, or ethical standards apply to the use of networked services; who sets them; how are they developed; and how are they enforced? (2) What are users' expectations regarding privacy and protection of their proprietary rights? (3) What are the rights, responsibilities, and liabilities of providers or operators of networked services or of users of these services? and (4) What problems arise from connecting systems offering these services to systems that operate under different policies? The forum was organized around a set of hypothetical scenarios designed to illuminate how issues related to and associated with free speech, electronic vandalism, the protection of intellectual property interests, and privacy might emerge. The intent was to focus on the concerns that policymakers in government and the private sector might have, so much of the discussion involved questions of law and how the current legal regime helps to define the boundaries of what is or is not acceptable conduct on electronic networks. Background materials on technology, legal underpinnings, and the current policy environment are incorporated into chapters 1 through 3. Chapters 4 through 7 are devoted primarily to discussions of free speech, electronic vandalism, intellectual property interests, and privacy. Chapter 8 focuses on the deliberations of the steering committee. Five appendices provide information about network technology, the agendas for the workshop and forum, and biographies of the steering committee. (MAS)In closing discussion of Scenario 1, moderator Henry Perritt ... SCENARIO 2: NEGATIVE COMMENTS HARM A THIRD PARTY In an investment forum bulletin board hosted by a commercial network ... several users are discussing the merits of investing in XYZ Corp., a aquot;penny stockaquot; whose price can fluctuate widely onanbsp;...


Title:Rights and Responsibilities of Participants in Networked Communities
Author: Dorothy E. Denning, Herbert S. Lin
Publisher:National Academies - 1994-01-01
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