“ Terrorist groups are increasingly using new information technology and the Internet to formulate plans, raise funds, spread propaganda, and engage in secure communications.
Cyberterrorism -–meaning the use of cyber tools to shut down critical national infrastructures (such as energy, transportation, or government operations) for the purpose of coercing or intimidating a government or civilian population–- is clearly an emerging threat .”
Dale L. Watson, Executive Assistant Director, Counterterrorism/Counterintelligence Division, FBI
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A Balancing Act Information credibility and authority in a Web2.0 world Freedom of expression Right to Privacy Ownership of online materials Cyber-crime, cyber-terrorism Cyber-bullying
In the practical, you will be randomly assigned to a group, and to one of the following topics:
Google StreetView (and similar applications)
Sensors to monitor elderly people in their homes
Activist websites – eg- environmental, political. Choose at least one specific example.
UK use of CCTV
Wikileaks Iraq War logs
You will take part in an online debate about your allocated topic.
You will either put forward arguments about the advantages or disadvantages of the debate topic, depending on your group.
Assessment (3): What to debate?
Arguments should cover relevant aspects of:
Civil rights in a digital society
Ownership in a digital society
Cyber-crime/ cyber-terrorism/ cyber-bullying
Information credibility and authority in a Web 2.0 world
You should only argue your allocated side of the argument , even if you do not really agree with it.
You are expected to use grammatically correct English . No text-speak please.
Your arguments should be well thought through, and based in the research that you do on your topic.
Your arguments should only be about the topic. They should be courteous , even if you disagree strongly with someone else's opinion.
You will be marked both on your individual contribution to the debate, and on your support of other students who are taking the same stance as you (ie - positive or negative). Marks will be given for the number and content of your arguments.