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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at various problems raised by abuses of Internet, February 27, 2012
This review is from: The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy, and Reputation (Hardcover)
This collection of essays discusses abuses of the Internet and offers a variety of possible responses to those abuses. The collection of essays appears to be based on presentations made at a conference entitled "Speech, Privacy, and the Internet: The University and Beyond," which was held at the University of Chicago Law School in November 2008.

Collectively, the essays: (1) discuss the nature and extent of Internet abuses; (2) consider how they pose threats to privacy and reputation; (3) propose different solutions to those abuses; and (4) weigh the pros and cons of the freedom of speech and other implications of proposed solutions to Internet abuses. Eleven of the essays provide a legal analysis of Internet abuses, and propose legal solutions to the identified abuses. Two of the essays take a more philosophical approach to discussing Internet abuses. Because the book discusses Internet abuses primarily from a legal perspective, anyone interested in a social, ethical, technological, or business perspective of Internet abuses should look for other books.

The book is aimed at readers with training, experience, or background knowledge in law, and is not suitable for casual reading. The emphasis on legal perspectives may be discouraging to some readers, but the nature and significance of the Internet abuses discussed in the book shows that the subject is of importance to more than just the legal community.

Readers interested in this book may wish to look at other, non-legalistic books that discuss positive and negative aspects of the Internet and social networking, such as the following: Sherry Turkle, Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (Simon & Schuster, 1995); Richard Banks, The Future of Looking Back (Microsoft Research) Microsoft Press, 2011); Robert Vamosi, When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of Our Infatuation With New Technologies (Basic Books, 2011); Evgeny Morozov, The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom (Public Affairs, 2011); and Allison Cerra & Christina James, Identity Shift: Where Identity Meets Technology in the Networked-Community Age (John Wiley & Sons, 2012).
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