Legal Problems and Advances in Technology

— There’s lots to think about here. Even though it’s about legal problems, I think it has some bearing on a couple of conversations we’ve been having lately (especially our discussions of sexist forms of online harassment and of Digital Natives/Digital Immigrants).

Comparative Geeks

Something that I often think about in the technology field is that laws never seem to be able to keep pace with the changes in technology. Often in the news we read about problems arising because either actions taken online or how someone used a new piece of technology. We have had cell phones for how long and only recently has there been laws about talking on the phone or texting while driving. We are continually adding various screens to help us navigate or find resources nearby, but laws start not wanting us looking at screens. How do we deal with more screens in the car or flashier billboards that might be considered distracting?

Then there is the use of online presences and communications. We know how to deal with harassment in person, but what about online. There have been cases where people have been bullied online and we tend…

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