1. Open a Word document and write a paragraph or so (think of this as a journal entry) on the following questions:

What right to privacy do you think you ought to have online? If you have a screenname or handle that you use, should you have a right to maintain that identity separately from your real-life identity -- in order words, should you be allowed to be anonymous on the internet? Are there rules for correct behavior online (or should there be)? What is your responsibility as a digital citizen for interacting and behaving in a digital world? Do owners and moderators of websites have a responsibility for the material they publish or allow others to publish on their sites?


2. AFTER -- and only after -- you have answered the above, go into my Outbox and find a folder called "Privacy and Responsibility." There are several articles in there, all on the same subject. Please read them IN ORDER. You may want to take notes on your reactions, thoughts, etc. as you read.

3. AFTER -- and only after -- you have read the articles, consider your perspective on this situation. Did Adrian Chen do the right thing? Did Michael Bruscht have an expectation of anonymity? What rights, if any, have been violated? Does this situation suggest an implied "code of conduct" for the internet -- and if so, what is it? Did Bruscht's consequences fit his actions (did the punishment fit the crime)? What is the line between free speech and decency? Please write about this -- and anything else that occurs to you related to this subject -- in a multiple-paragraph response. This is NOT a formal essay; you might think of it more along the lines of a blog entry or an opinion piece. However, please make sure that you are writing in a way that is clear and readable. 

Turn in your responses to items 1 and 3 (they should be in the same document) to the inbox, named {Lastname} Privacy and Responsibility
 



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