Tuesday, May 19, 2009

MORALITY AND IMMORALITY OF CYBERSPACE

I was invited to speak to the National Electronics Week in Mindanao University of Science and Technology on the topic “ MORALITY AND IMMORALITY OF CYBERSPACE”. Below are the excerpts of my lecture.


The development of the Internet has been called the most profound change in the way we communicate since the invention of the printing press. Users can access an almost limitless array of rewarding content at the click of a mouse. Familiarity with this technology is vital to our children's future. For today's children to lead tomorrow's world, they must acquire the skills to access the enormous benefits of the Internet, safely. It is especially important that they develop key job skills and an awareness of the increasingly global community.
The Internet can empower our children, giving them the ability to communicate and share ideas and information on a worldwide basis.As wonderful as the future of the Internet may be, the extensive media coverage of various "potholes" on the Information Highway is not an exercise in fiction - there are problems which cannot be swept under the rug. These problems must be addressed squarely in order to protect our children and maximize the potential of the Internet.The local celebration of the National Electronics and Telecommunications Week: Focus on “Protecting the Child in Cyberspace” identifies our common goal - to make our children's online experience safe, educational and entertaining, while honoring constitutional safeguards. A diverse group (IECEP-NM/NTC Reg. 10) has put aside their differing philosophies in order to further this important goal. The Summit enables us to work together to encourage the evolution of the Internet as a truly beneficial medium for our children.There are many issues affecting children and the Internet. These include equitable access, marketing and advertising practices, quality content, privacy, and safety from harmful content and illegal activity, among others. Each of these topics needs to be examined thoroughly.

Cyberspace is just a Medium, A vehicle where once can download datas and information and without anyone doing it, Cyberspace will be just an empty space or medium.

Where lays the Morality and Immorality of Cyberspace? Is there such a Morality and Immorality of Cyberspace? NO! Cyberspace is a neutral ground. It is in the hands of man who created it and deposit datas into it. Threfore the danger is not in cyberspace but in the hands of man who will use it.

WE HAVE A CAUTION/WARNING:
II TIMOTHY 3:1-7 “BUT KNOW THIS, THAT IN THE LAST DAYS PERILOUS TIMES WILL COME: FOR MEN WILL BE LOVERS OF THEMSELVES, LOVERS OF MONEY, BOASTERS, PROUD, BLASPHEMERS, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS, UNTHANKFUL, UNHOLY, UNLOVING, UNFORGIVING, SLANDERERS, WITHOUT SELF-CONTROL, BRUTAL, DESPISERS OF GOOD, TRAITORS, HEADSTRONG, HAUGHTY, LOVERS OF PLEASURES MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD. HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS BUT DENYING ITS POWER AND FROM SUCH PEOPLE TURN AWAY!”

PHILIPPIANS 4:8 FINALLY, BRETHREN, WHATEVER THINGS ARE TRUE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE NOBLE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE JUST, WHATEVER THINGS ARE PURE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY,WHATEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT, IF THERE IS ANY VIRTUE AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING PRAISEWORTHY – MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS.

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