Instructions: There are three (3) topic areas listed below that are designed to measure your knowledge level specific to intellectual property debates in cyberspace. You must respond to #1 and select any other one of these topic areas providing appropriate responses in essay form. In most cases the topic area has several components. Each must be addressed to properly satisfy requirements.
State-wide and in most professional industries, there has been a mandate that college students be more proficient in their writing. While this is not a writing class, all writing assignments will be graded for grammar, syntax and typographical correctness to help address this mandate.
Pay attention to what you are being asked to do (see Grading Rubric below). For example, to describe does not mean to list, but to tell about or illustrate in more than two or three sentences, providing appropriate arguments for your responses using theories discussed in our text. Be sure to address all parts of the topic question as most have multiple parts. A verifiable current event (less than 4 years old) relevant to at least one of the topics you respond to is a fundamental component of your quiz as well. You cannot use information from the text book or any book/article by the author of the text book as a current event. Make sure that your reference has a date of publication. For each chapter quiz and final quiz you are required to find and include at least one reference and reference citation to a current event less than 4 years old (a reference with no date (n.d.) is not acceptable) in answer to at least one question. This requires a reference citation in the text of your answer and a reference at the end of the question to which the reference applies. You must include some information obtained from the reference in your answer. The references must be found on the internet and you must include a URL in your reference so that the reference can be verified.
You should type your responses directly under the appropriate question. Be sure to include your name on your quiz. Only the first two (2) questions with answers will be graded. Include your name in the document filename. Your completed quiz must be uploaded into the appropriate eCollege Dropbox, no later than 11:59pm on the due date. Do well.
- (a) Has protection for proprietary software gone too far, as some critics suggest? (b) If not, why? (c) If so, what are the implications for innovation and competition in the computer industry? (d) How can we achieve an appropriate balance between those who hold legal rights to proprietary information and ordinary users who wish to access, share, and communicate that information? Defend your answer. Please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer) and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses. (knowledge)
- Back in chapter 5 privacy advocates argue for greater control of personal information by individuals, while many in the commercial sector argue for access to that information. It appears that these positions have reversed now in chapter 8—entrepreneurs argue for control of the flow of information on the Internet, while ordinary users argue for access to that information. (a) Is there an irony, perhaps even an inconsistency, here? (b) Can this inconsistency be resolved in a logically coherent manner? (c) Explain how. Please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer) and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses. (comprehension)
- (a) What is meant by “information commons”? (b) How is this commons disappearing in the cyberage? (c) Mr. Boyle’s has suggested that a political movement, similar to the environmental movement in the 1970s, is needed to save the commons. Does his suggestion merit further consideration? Explain. Please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer) and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses. (comprehension)