Joseph Marsh Marsh 1
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Internet Privacy: Is the Internet Really Safe?
With every generation, they bring with them a new invention, to advance us both
technologically and scientifically, and thus make life better for us all. Technology, as defined in
the New Lexicon Websters Dictionary of the English Language, is “the science of technical
processes in a wide, though related field of knowledge. Technology, then can be anything as long
as it helps us advance in some way. The technology of the 21st Century is the Internet or cyber
The Internet was invented in the late 1960s. Back then, the Department of Defense called it
ARPAnet (Advanced Research Projects Agency network) and it was intended to link research
facilities, defense contractors, and government agencies. The first public demonstration of
ARPAnet was in 1972 and technicians proudly displayed a network that connected 50 universities
and research facilities. Today there are millions of computers on the Internet. Electronic mail
(e-mail) and Usenet (short for “user network”) news groups were the first applications. Telnet
gave a researcher on one campus the ability to use a computer on another campus.
of Minnesota developed a “gopher” program to help users find information and “go for” it.
Forerunners of todays Web-based search engines included Archie and Veronica. Those who
named the services were at least inventive. The classified ARPAnet spawned an unclassified
Milnet together known as DARPAnet. In the late 1980s, the National Science Foundation built
NSFnet. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration cobbled together a network.
and a variety of regional networks, were consolidated to create the Internet under NSF
supervision. Today the government is more or less out of the picture. Local Internet service
providers (ISP) and Internet presence providers (IPP) collect fees from users and
pay network operators for access to the system. Its more chaos than organization, but somehow
the Internet manages to function. It is the new “place to be” where business can advance and
people can interact worldwide at the click of a mouse. This almost unlimited access to information
has revolutionarily changed the world.
There are millions of Internet members worldwide and that
means it may be viewed by some as a very profitable arena. In any area where there is money
there are almost always criminals. The modern criminals of the world are behind computer
screens. Whether they appear to be credible individuals, corporations or organizations, that they
are constantly seeking and finding a quick way to make money and often by doing so they are
breaking ethical rules of society (even though it is hard to determine the ethics of the Internet).
One of these crimes is the violation of the privacy of others.
Many times previously I have logged on to the Internet and just like most people, I have
After all, I am the only one viewing my mail or simply cruising the net. When I am
surfing the Internet I think I am the only one that knows where I have been and assume that no
one is tracking me. After all, the things I have just mentioned only happen in the movies, they are
Enemy of the State type of things, and could not possibly happen to you. Am I right? Wrong.
By holding this thought one is including themselves “in a large group of consumers, world-wide,
who are unaware of the multitude of information they are placing on the World Wide Web,
simply by using it as it was designed to be used. All it takes is a visit to any site to place personal
information about yourself on the Internet for millions to access.
To understand the Internet
requires one to view it not as a one way street, but as a two-way road. The one way view of the
Internet is that it provides us with information and entertainment. This generally is what many
people use the Internet for, and, though it is not totally wrong, there is much more to it. While an
individual is surfing the net, the people that maintain the web sites are also getting information
about you. It is a two .