Published on ‘School of Applied Global Ethics, at the Leed’s Metropolitan University, by Seidu Alidu, PhD student, working on ‘Reconciliation after Conflict in Africa’, and Gavin Fairbairn, Running Stream Professor of Ethics and Language, School of Applied Global Ethics, 1 October to 8 October, 2007.
Wireless internet, ethics and the law
In developed countries across the globe, public internet access is becoming more common, as ‘zones’ in cities are created where wireless internet is made freely available. In spite of this, Broadband is big business, because most people have to pay to get online. Financial interests are at stake. The Communication Act (2003) says that a ‘person who (a) dishonestly obtains an electronic communication service, and (b) does so with intent to avoid payment of a charge applicable to the provision of that service, is guilty of an offence.’ Put simply, it is illegal to make use of internet services that one has no right to access.
Problems arise because of the promiscuity of unsecured internet connections that make themselves ‘available’ to anyone whose computer has the potential to connect to wireless facilities. Effectively this means that as wireless broadband access has become more common it is often possible for non-subscribers to use services paid for by others … (full text).
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