Understand the Ethical, Legal, and Socio-Political Issues Surrounding Information and Information Technology

CSU Basic Information Competency Skill No. 8:
Understand the Ethical, Legal, and Socio-Political Issues Surrounding Information and Information Technology

Here are some links to Internet sites which will help you understand and learn how to understand the ethical, legal, and socio-political issues surrounding information and information technology:

Ethical Issues
(A CSU Information Competence Tutorial)

This tutorial covers issues relating to copyright, plagiarism, privacy, security, censorship and freedom of speech.

UWSP Copyright Guide

This is a excellent copyright guide prepared by a university library for the academic community (University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point) it serves. Most of what is presented in this guide is directly applicable to copyright matters at CSLA. This Web page contains an extensive collection of useful links to other Internet sites on copyright, "Fair Use," and intellectual property issues.

Basic Principles For Managing Intellectual Property In the Digital Environment

The following document was prepared by the Committee on Libraries and Intellectual Property of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) in an effort to build consensus within the educational community on the uses of copyrighted works in the digital environment. Ten major intellectual property principles are presented and argued; endorsement is sought from the educational community.

Fair Use of Copyrighted Works

The is a full-text Web-version of the C.E.T.U.S. pamphelet which was widely distributed to CSU faculty in 1997. C.E.T.U.S. (Consortium for Educational Technology for University Systems) is comprised of California State University, State University of New York and City University of New York.

This online pamphlet addresses these three important issues:

  1. higher education will benefit by the formation of a national alliance focused on fair use;
  2. the effectiveness of higher education requires a thorough understanding of the fair-use doctrine;
  3. faculty, in particular, necessarily apply the fair-use doctrine as they perform their work.

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Last updated (BC) 8/30/99