January 14, 2013
Information Technology Acts
While the creation of Acts limits people’s internet access, they were created to protect both the organization providing the access as well as the user.
When internet access was first established people had little knowledge on how to use it and for what it was needed for. Throughout the years as this technology kept evolving and we kept learning more and more from it, we realized that any information needed among other things were readily available by clicking a button.
Just like everything else, there have been many who have taken “advantage” of this type of technology by posting things that society has deemed “controversial or wrong”. People’s private information had been compromised as well. Everything was too accessible.
In the past there have been cases where individuals have been distracted with the use of these controversial sites in working environment. There have also been instances where the curious student has navigated to the same sites as well. There has been a lot of personal information that has been compromised and used wrongfully. This type of miss use has brought chaos in each of these environments which prompted the creation of the different acts.
According to "Federal Communications Commission" (2012), “The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet.
“Schools and libraries subject to CIPA may not receive the discounts offered by the E-rate program unless they certify that they have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors). Before adopting this Internet safety policy, schools and libraries must provide reasonable notice and hold at least one public hearing or meeting to address the proposal0.” Federal Communications Commission (2012)
With this act in specific we can see that schools are trying to protect its students as making sure that by having this type of protection it means that they will also have the means to be able to educate them. “The E-Government Act (Public Law 107-347) passed by the 107th Congress and signed into law by the President in December 2002 recognized the importance of information security to the economic and national security interests of the United States. Title III of the E-Government Act, entitled the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requires each federal agency to develop,