Some people see the Internet as a mirror held up to our culture. If it is, the mirror shows us in an unflattering light.From newsroom staffers caught off guard on camera in a private moment gone viral on YouTube to dorm room trysts streamed live online,to even peoples death and murder and rape, people have no shame about the despicable content they post on the Web. Respect and courtesy are quaint, outdated notions to these Internet citizens.The people charged with protecting us from such abhorrent behavior not only fail to prevent it, they tacitly or explicitly encourage these breaches in morality because it means more page views, more customers, and more money. For example, YouTube’s Community Guidelines state that the company works 24 hours a day, seven days a week to find and remove content that violates its ethical standards. Yet the same poor-taste, non-age-restricted videos appear there week after week, month after month.Unfortunately, it isn’t just misguided college kids or mean-spirited news junkies who propagate these crimes against fairness and human kindness. It’s everyone!
Have you noticed how some of the ads on the sites you visit seem to be a perfect match to your interests? Think that’s a coincidence? On the web it certainly isn’t, as advertisers would do just about anything the online environment allows them to do – even if it means breaking your online privacy – to develop new ways to promote products. And the easiest way for them to find out your likes and habits is keeping a close eye on your social media behavior. Therefore in doing so your privacy is gone. I don’t know about you but that idea is very scary! These are just some of the un-ethical means by which “they ” try to get to you.
Data Scraping. It involves tracking people’s activities online and harvesting personal data and conversations from social media, job websites and online forums.
Facebook apps leaking personal data. It has been reported several times that certain Facebook apps are leaking identifying information about those who are using them, to advertising and Internet tracking companies. And without the users having a clue!
Online social tracking. We all use the “Like”, “Tweet”, “+1”, and other buttons to share content with our friends. But these social widgets are also valuable tracking tools for social media websites. They work with cookies. And not the chocolate chip kind!
Beyond all of that dishonest behavior, there is an even more sinister side to the ethical and moral questions of the internet. The Dark web. How can governments allow the creation of applications that enable computers to “surf” the dark web and participate in it? The internet at it’s begining directly killed morality and ethics. It’s death has ushered in a new wave of anything goes and anything can be bought, with Bitcoins. Such deceptiveness is precisely why I am anti-social media. It’s just too dark out there and I still grasp on to my privacy.