LAS432 Course Discussions Week 3


LAS432 Course Discussions Week 3
Freedom of speech and censorship, in light of the modern digital landscape, are important concepts to consider…



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LAS432 Course Discussions Week 3

LAS432 Course Discussions Week 3

All Students Posts – 84 Pages 

The Politics of Technology – 43 Pages 

Freedom of speech and censorship, in light of the modern digital landscape, are important concepts to consider, especially given the dubious ways in which technology can be utilized sometimes. Superior expertise about how technologies work does not guarantee superior judgment about how they should be used, regulated, or governed. As technology becomes more sophisticated, how can citizens and political leaders judge and understand whether a given technology offers great perils or great promises? When great technological projects, such as venturing farther into the galaxy or developing new life-extending medicines, are proposed, how should government officials make decisions about how tax dollars should be spent? Can you provide some examples of what you have referred to as “sophisticated technologies”?

Political decisions can make a big difference on what technologies larger corporations pursue.  Just imagine if the government made a policy against fossil fuels 50 years ago, we would probably have more electric, solar, and other means of transportation.  What about wartime situations, “Government officials in the Second World War marshaled energy towards creating radar, nuclear weapons, rocketry, computing, and much more” (Hardy, 2010).  These technologies might have been invented or perfectly over time, but politics push them to the front.  Additionally, we need to look at larger corporations, and those supported by government contracts.  Would Lockheed Martin or Raytheon be as big as they are, or developed some of the items they did if it wasn’t for government support and direction?  Probably not, but they might have, we will never know for sure.  On the other side, there are smaller businesses that have great ideas, just no money, or political, or social, support, to develop their products.  We develop a lot of technology for military applications, which almost always is politically driven in one way or another.  If we go to war in a freezing cold climate, someone will develop better ways to cope with it, and the same goes for desert or woodland warfare.  We also develop technologies to lengthen our lives, which is always a huge debate.  The methods in which some of these technologies are developed are debatable at best, yet even those who argue how something is made, or how scientists test it, still use it.  Is it ethically, morally, or politically correct to use animals in the testing of technologies?  What about stem cell research, cloning, and more?…

Considering the Fourth Amendment – 41 Pages 

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution secures the right of privacy. It protects American citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. Advancements in technology have raised issues regarding this protected right. Explain the reasons for governmental surveillance of electronic communications, and the fear associated with these actions. From your review of the Fourth Amendment, do you think that legislative action is required to more fully address issues related to our digital technology? From what you read, do you think that legislation like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is needed or not to address changes that occur over time in our technology?

The Fourth Amendment is about protecting the citizens of the United States of America from its own government.  “The Constitution, through the Fourth Amendment, protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government” (What does the fourth amendment mean?, n.d.).  So, the big question is, what is a reasonable reason for the government to be able to search our personal space?  This question gets tested in the courts all the time.  Look at today’s world and cyberspace.  If you have a cloud that you store your research and finances on, is that consider your private effects, and therefore requires a warrant for the government to search?  Should the government have to have evidence, a warrant, or probable cause to look into your cloud?  The answer is technically yes, that is why so many cases get dismissed in courts every year.  If it is found that evidence was collected without the proper authorities, then regardless of what that evidence proves, it cannot be used in court.  Also, the better and more creative your lawyer is, the harder it is for the government to find a plausible reason to give someone access to your private belongings.  Then again, there are rules that change all the time due to court decisions, and then get overturned again.  Lawyers use these historic court cases to sway the judge and jury in the direction they want…