Ethical issues concerning the Internet

On one hand, the Internet satisfies the legitimate desire of people for free access to information, especially when other sources of information are not available or restricted by government and other institutions. It is a valuable tool for students and others who want to use Internet data for their formal academic work and for their efforts at deepening their education.

Ordinary people use the Internet for more information on their health, on products and services offered by business websites, their rights and choices, and other concerns. Tattoos, for example. An increasing number use the Internet to express their opinions, support certain demands and causes, and engage in democratic dialogue.

Many Internet users uphold an ethical code or stance that promotes the right to free speech, to access to information that affects them, and free exchange of ideas. Several governments, wary of the Internet, have already taken steps to control people’s access to it. Human rights organizations have already reported these incidents. On the other hand, there is the problem of ensuring that people such as sexual predators should be prevented from using the Internet to abuse children and the like. However this is difficult to do with the way the Internet receives and transmits information. Technology has made the Internet possible and enabled its expansion to all aspects of human life. However technology will not suffice and cannot answer the ethical problems related to the Internet and its use. People have to shoulder that responsibility. To develop Internet ethics people have to remember the following:

The Internet is not a separate but an integral part of human society. Therefore, laws and practices that are internationally accepted should be observed and respected even in the Internet. One example is respect for child rights, including protection from sexual predators that use the internet. Respect for all cultures and opinions should also operate in the cyber realm, since Internet users come from all countries, and vary in their religion, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation and political persuasion. Governments, organizations and individuals should bear their own responsibility for keeping the Internet a useful tool for human advancement.

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    5. Hello,
      I am not quite sure how to word this question, so I’m sorry if it sounded harsh! If a child is the product of an egg donation, he would be carried 9 months by his mother, but they would have different DNA. The child could be related to the father, though. Would the child be more emotionally attached to the mother who carried him and raised him, or to the mother who shares his DNA? I would think that the mother who has the DNA would be more like a “relative” than an actual “mother,” and the emotional attachment would be with the mother who carried the child for 9 months. I would assume that the child would face considerably less or no trauma as compared with an adopted child.

      I know that adopted children face abandonment issues even if they are given the perfect home. I know that everyone’s adoption experience is different so I did not mean for my question to sound harsh. If I imagine myself to be adopted I would feel somehow abandoned no matter what my circumstances. Would this hypothetical egg donation child feel the same way and face the same issues, even though his mother carried him?

      I would really like to hear from people who are involved some way in egg donation, but it is a relatively new technology so there are very few people out there. I don’t know anyone in person who has experienced this and only I know these issues from my own internet research. I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you!
      Hello, I’m not sure if I stated my question clearly. It seems like it is being misinterpreted. Minimouse and Julie, I did not mention anything about hiding genetic information, and it is not about creating a beautiful blonde commercialized baby. If it matters, I’m not going to conceal any genetic information, and that is impossible in my state anyway so it is not an issue. I am not denying anyone their rightful DNA information. The question at hand is concerning the emotional well-being of the child and mother associated with different DNA. Please do not speculate about things I have not even mentioned. Thank you.

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