Sometimes called netiquette - a basic set of rules you should follow in order to make the internet better for you and others. It's just as important to treat people with courtesy and respect online as it is in real life.
Self-protection - Includes all the aspects of how to manage the internet and its dangers. Lack of knowledge about how to use the internet appropriately and safely can be dangerous. You should inquire about things on the internet before using them.
Digital Commerce - electronic buying and selling of goods
Digital Law - electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
Digital Rights & Responsibilities - freedoms that extended to everyone in a digital world
The Internet makes hunting for collectibles-or just about anything-faster and easier. Web-based shops and auction sites not only expand the selection far beyond a brick-and-mortar store, they also offer amazing deals. But as with all commerce, what you see isn't always what you get. And although buying from a major online retailer is relatively safe, dealing with untested sellers-through auction sites or what I'll call "flea-market" sites such as 1stdibs.com-can be risky.
Now, I don't mean to scare you offline, especially considering that 70 percent of eBay users are "highly satisfied" with their shopping experience, according to a 2007 Consumer Reports survey. I do, however, want you to slow down and weigh your options before clicking Buy Now.
Everybody should respect the law and abide by it. Online laws are enforced the same as other laws. Not following the law can result in serious punishment.
Examples of bad online behavior include: hacking into people's personal details, bullying, pirate software, downloading music illegally, creating viruses or Trojan horses, and more.
Just as in the American Constitution where there is a Bill of Rights, there is a basic set of rights extended to every digital citizen. Digital citizens have the right to privacy, free speech, etc. Basic digital rights must be addressed, discussed, and understood.
Ethically it is a difficult issue for people to grasp because of how quickly our internet is growing, and with this comes new threats daily which we have to combat. Because of what we do online many of us find it difficult where to ethically draw the line. Should you stop or interupt whats happening, or to just ignore it and carry on with what you are doing. This is where the problem of where our online ethical issues mold into our online rights and responsibilities.
An example is - Don't steal copyrighted stuff
Questions to ask yourself that can help you decide if you are making the right choice:
How does my technology use affect others?
Am I infringing on others' rights by the way I am using technology?
What are my responsibilities as a digital citizen?