yinyang symbolArgumentative Essay Topics:  Internet Issues

The following topics are suitable for argumentative essay assignments about education issues. Suggested thesis statements and a list of web links to pertinent information are provided for each topic.  Issues on this page include:

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Intellectual Property & Piracy

Thesis Statements:

  • Intellectual property rights should be respected and defended with strong laws and punishments enforced by the government.
     
  • Current intellectual property rights laws are inadequate and unenforceable in the electronic environment and will negatively impact the development of new technologies.

Some of the issues in this argument:

What is intellectual property and who owns it?
What is fair use?
Can traditional copyright law be applied to digital media? Does it address the issues of new technology?
Should intellectual property be protected under the law?
How important is content to the development of new technologies?
Has the technology revolution progressed so rapidly because of the lack of regulation?

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Cybercrime and Privacy

Thesis Statements:

  • Changes need to be made in the law to increase internet security, and find and punish cybercriminals.
     
  • Additional laws to stop cybercriminals are unnecessary, unenforceable, and could infringe upon internet users' rights to privacy and the growth of the internet.

Some of the issues in this argument:

What level of privacy can an internet user expect?
Should we regulate private businesses' use of information about their consumers?
Do laws meant to catch and punish criminals infringe upon the rights of law-abiding people?  In what ways?
Should the right to privacy be sacrificed to thwart criminals?

Should laws exist about what can be said or done over the internet?

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