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Bill of Rights
Video about the Bill of Rights.
Wireless Ship Act
1914 Congress Creates the
Federal Trade Commission
to prevent unfair trading
created the Federal Comminication Commission (FCC)
Cable Telecommunications Act
1985 Computer Ethics Institute Comes out with
Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics.
Video Privacy Protection Act
1919 "Clear and present danger"ruling
to limit an individual's free speech rights under the First Amendement.
Social Reponsibility theory of the press
The Media and The Trial
The State of Ohio Vs. Sam Sheppard (1954)- Media involvement with the case made it a “mockery of justice”. The media involvement with the case was unethical: they were accused of bias against Sheppard and of influencing the jury.
New York Times Vs. Sullivan
was a civil rights case that lead to the interpretation of how libel is understood today. The Supreme Court stated
"for a public official to successfully sue for libel, he or she would have to prove actual malice."
The First National Computer Ethics Conference
. Formed by IBM, the Brookings Institution and the Washington Theological Society.
1996 Telecommunications Act
stated that Internet providers could not be charged with libel suits for information placed on their websites by third parties.
Attorney General Janet Reno wrote a letter to parents asking them to instill
and responsibility in their children.
A new website,
is made to help parents, teachers, and children learn responsible computer use.
U.S. Patriot Act
President Bush pushed for Federal efforts to increase
2003: Ben Stein gets fired from New York Times by violating the papers ethic policy.
Think Again: Media Ethics "So Last Century"
World of Privacy
2004 The media becomes a major factor in the
Security vs. Liberty
2008- Jan. 4, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI
released a message stating that "Rather than reporting on reality, mass media sometimes create reality".
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