Paper on ​TECHNOLOGY, CENSORSHIP, AND PRIVACY

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Last November, the New York Times reported that Facebook has developed software that would allow them to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas. The software would allow a third party outside of Facebook (e.g. a government) to decide what to censor. The tool was developed specifically to help the company get into China, which has banned Facebook since 2009 because of strict censorship rules. If made available, it could, of course, also be used by any other governments (Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, the U.S., etc.) to similar effect. In our recent workshop, you considered the responsibilities of companies such as Facebook in the face of potential government censorship and requests for user information. Among the moral reasons Facebook may have to allow governments to control what would be censured on Facebook in their countries, are its responsibilities to its shareholders to maximize profits and potential responsibilities to others who are impacted by its actions. Among these could be its users, employees, and communities in which it operates. Imagine you are Facebooks CEO and write a letter to the American public explaining and justifying your decision about how or what to allow governments to censure material on your site in their countries. Your letter should do the following: 1. Present the different moral considerations bearing on your decision, identifying the value conflicts that make this decision a challenging one. 2. Present your company’s principled position on government censorship and justify it in relation to the model of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that you believe best captures a company’s obligations. To do this you should explicitly state the CSR model and explain why you believe it accurately portrays what companies are responsible for. 3. Your paper should make use (and cite) of at least four relevant and credible sources (e.g. academic journals, NY Times, Time Magazine, etc.). These should all be placed in a work cited page at the end of your paper (either the APA or MLA citation format is fine). The work cited page does not count toward your word count.

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henryprofessor
School: New York University

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Technology, Censorship, and Privacy - Outline
Thesis Statement: The goal of this public statement is to present moral considerations for our
decision to allow the development of censorship software on our website in specific locations,
identify the values conflicts that made it a challenging one, and reiterate Facebook’s principled
position on the subject as documented in corporate social responsibility model.
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Introduction
Moral Consideration of the Decision to Allow Censorship Software on our Site

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Our Company’s Position on Government Censorship

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Corporate Social Responsibility Justification of our Position

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Conclusion


Running head: TECHNOLOGY, CENSORSHIP, AND PRIVACY

Technology, Censorship, and Privacy
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TECHNOLOGY, CENSORSHIP, AND PRIVACY

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Technology, Censorship, and Privacy
Introduction
It is no longer news that our organization is currently working on the development of
software that would filter the posts that appear on the news feeds section of our online social
media platform in specific geographic areas. In a report 2016 reported by the New York Times,
Mike Isaac wrote that this measure is not a new one since Facebook has implemented in
countries such as Pakistan, Russia, Turkey as part of the legal requirement for operating its
business in these nations. He further noted that the efforts to respond to the requests of these
government for content filtering has resulted in the blockage of an estimated 55,000 pieces of
content in approximately twenty countries between July and December 2015” (Isaac, 2016).
While this information is an accurate representation of the actions taken by the organization, the
report failed to highlight some of the imperatives that are inherent in our operations including the
alignment of compliance with national laws with our corporate values. Therefore, the goal of this
public statement is to present moral considerations for our decision to allow the development of
censorship software on our website in specific locations, identify the values conflicts that made it
a challenging one, and reiterate Facebook’s principled position on the subject as documented in
corporate social responsibility model.
Moral Consideration of the Decision to Allow Censorship Software on our Site
Facebook is an organization that was est...

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