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To Make Mature Cyber Culture
he Internet isn't technology any longer but culture. We must protect and cultivate virtual space, the new environment of life, just as we protect nature.
Cyber space has some attributes such as anonymity, toxication and mutual communication. It has become a  part of our society. However, it can give us some problems as well as a comfortable life. Cyber crime is one of those problems; it is rather ordinary to find coarse language in chatting rooms and boards at various web-sites. And it is the matter that we should not overlook.
People are growing more and more concerned with this problem; so, an education campaign concerned with "netiquette," Internet manners, is spreading around our society.
Early in this year, more places for students were formed in the Dongguk University (DU)'s homepage. Now, many students visit those places.
There is "My Insistence" board in the DU homepage. This place is established to encourage student's free expression and is operated on the principle of anonymity. Dozens of students post articles on the board each day and some articles are read by about 200 people. At first, there were many lowbrow articles and limited space for discussion, but it has been improved.
Over three articles are eliminated each day. Articles are deleted if they are commercial advertisements,  slander a specified person, calumniate school and outsider's abuse.
The following are examples of articles that were removed. One said that DU is a third-class school and DU's students are rattlebrains. The other was about personal sexual experience. The person who wrote the article detailed his and other university students accounts of sexual relations with DU girls. Except for that, there are many examples. Though we regard it as unusual, we can easily come across vulgar words and insulting language here and there on the board.
Some may think that those are trivial things, but they sometimes hurt and offend other people and debase our place's level.
Sanctions are not the best way for solving this problem. It is our duty to make mature cyber culture.
We want "netizens" who have polished manners not to damage other people's personality when they express opinions. That we should respect others and their opinions is intellectually implicit.

Kim Jin-hee  thestyx@korea.com

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