Date Approved

6-20-1995

Embargo Period

9-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Public Relations

Department

Public Relations & Advertising

College

College of Communication & Creative Arts

First Advisor

Fulginiti, Anthony

Subject(s)

Telecommunication--Law and legislation; Videotex systems--Law and legislation; Wide area networks (Computer networks)--Law and legislation

Disciplines

Public Relations and Advertising

Abstract

This research project concerned identifying and detailing current and needed laws governing on-line communication.

Through a representative literature review, the author compiled a list of industry leaders for interview via electronic mail.

The author surveyed 35 individuals to gather public opinion on the following areas: advertising, copyright, free speech, libel and privacy. The author looked for general opinions and attitudes.

The author analyzed the content of each response using simple frequencies and searched for commonalities within the survey sample responses.

The study identifies public opinion regarding current on-line communication policy. However, answers and recommendations concerning on-line law were not found.

Respondents stressed the need to identify an enforcement mechanism before developing legal policy.

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