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The Ethics of Video Streaming Apps

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Title of the Essay: 

     The Ethics of Video Streaming Apps, Mary T. McCarthy, June 25, 2015 


Title of the Reflection: 

     Online Content


First Impression: 

     After reading the title, I thought that the article would talk about how to apply ethics in the video streaming apps.  



     “The FBI’s use of anonymity software to hack websites creates controversy because of the potential for innocent parties to wind up infected with government malware due to an inadvertent website visit. 


Reflection Proper:   

     When it comes to what we share in the internet, there are certain issues that come up from it. These issues are old issues that adapt to the new technology that we have today. In order to solve these issues that we have, we need to use what we know is right or wrong in order to solve the said issues.  

     When it comes to piracy, it has been with our society since forever. Piracy is basically stealing something that is owned by someone. Back then or even today, pirates would board ships in order to steal its content, may it be gold, products, information, etc… The only difference it has with the application of piracy in computers would be the fact that the illegal act of stealing is done on the internet, or any modes of transporting information, like CDs, floppy disks, USBs, memory cards, etc…  

     As for the legality of a person’s actions, there is a gray area when it comes to watching videos online. Due to the ease in which we can do stuff with our computer, like copying or downloading of stuff coming from the internet, there is a big chance in which we copied or downloaded a file that is protected by a copyright of a certain person or a certain company; thus if by chance we downloaded or copied a certain content in the internet that has copyright protection, then we are committing a crime.  

     As for the streaming of online content online, we need to be careful on what we put online since it stays there for an uncertain amount of time, maybe forever, depending if we delete the said content. The problem with this is the uncertainty if the said content is really deleted or simply stored by someone or something in the internet. A good example of this would be the incessant posting of content pertaining to a specific kid. When the certain parent gets another child and gets bored on posting content online and when the second kid sees the massive amount of content about the first kid online, the second kid would rationalize that the first kid is the favorite child of his or her parents and it would greatly affect their kid’s life. 

     Other issues on what people put on the internet would be the pornography. Pornography downright bad no matter what perspective we look at it. Having sexual intercourse between two people should be done by two people who are married to each other; thus, it is considered to be adulterous if you had sexual intercourse with someone you’re not married to, which is the seventh commandment. As for watching porn, it is still considered a sin to watch it since it is considered under the 10th commandment, which is coveting something or someone. In general, doing sex with someone whom you aren’t married to, or watching sexual content is considered as lust, which is part of the seven deadly sins. 

     To end my reflection, I would like to reiterate the need to be careful on what we put or share online, what material or content we get from the internet, and what we watch or acts we undertake in.  



5 Things I’ve learned:   

  1. A company named wired stated that the FBI is using or experimenting with the TOR anonymity system to police websites with a criminal background. 
  2. Though it is not their intention to do so, the FBI themselves infect the innocent parties, which are the people they are monitoring, with malware.  
  3. The content we see online are desensitized and children can access these content that are usually banned for children. 
  4. Illegal online streaming websites hide their criminal activities by disguising themselves as online search engines to evade the might of the government. 
  5. We have come to an age in which people rely on the internet to know what is going on around the world and people always have their camera with them in order to catch those unusual moments and post it online.


5 Integrative Questions:   

  1. Are there other ways in which the FBI is tracking the said websites with criminal backgrounds? 
  2. Could the FBI run a diagnostic test on the computers they are using or is it too expensive for them to do so?  
  3. Since the age information on the e-mail account can still be fooled or a child can use the e-mail of a mature relative, are there other ways for us to surely verify the person who is viewing adult-related content on the internet? 
  4. Are there other ways for us to track these said websites or is there a way for us to track who is viewing the copyrighted content from what device, from what location, at what time and how they accessed the said copyrighted material? 
  5. Is there a way for us to limit the type of content that we, the people, are posting online or is it conflicting with the rights of everyone to post what they want online?


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