October 29, 2013
Information Technology Acts Paper
Advances in technology have many advantages in our society but with these advantages comes risk and people taking advantage, which requires monitoring of this fast paced evolution. Technology has come a long way, these days children can get any information with just a click of a button. Without proper monitoring, children can get his or her hands on any adult oriented material online that my corrupt his or her young mind. Another technological advantage is accessibility to any data online, which resulted in people taking advantages of these advances in technology. These people will try and make profits for data and information without proper authorization from the copyright owners. Technology grows faster and bigger every day, and without proper monitoring these advances will blindly get out of control. Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was passed on 2000, to address concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the internet (Federal Communications Commission: Children's Internet Protection Act). Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires school and libraries to have an internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. The protection measures must block or filter internet access to pictures that are obscene, child pornography, and harmful to minors (Federal Communications Commission: Children's Internet Protection Act). Schools and libraries may not qualify to receive discounts unless they certify internet safety for minors. Schools subject to CIPA have two additional certification requirements: 1) their Internet safety policies must include monitoring the online activities of minors; and 2) as required by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, they must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyber bullying awareness and response (Federal Communications Commission: Children's Internet Protection Act).
Access to any information and data online are readily available and is easy to share or copy. According to an article, damage from piracy has grown over the years as technology has developed, making it easier to produce higher quality copies of copyrighted works in various formats (Peters, 1997). The copyright owners of these pirated information and data lose substantial amount of money. No Electronic Theft Act (NET) was passed on 1997 to amend the provisions of current law dealing with criminal liability for copyright infringement to cover willful piracy that may cause serious commercial harm despite the infringer’s lack of a profit motive (Peters, 1997). The penalty for criminal infringement ranges