An investigation into student’s perspectives on whether all content
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This research project is an investigation into student’s perspectives on whether all content should be accessible on the internet and should hosting companies provide any leniency. The project analyses the views of a range of theorists and professionals within the IT security industry and examines past studies to develop an idea of the current ways in which cybercrime is hosted and the different methods through which this is achieved. The theorists analysed include Lichtman and Posner (2004), Goncharov (2015), Shachtman (2011), additionally McAfee and Norton’s statistics amongst others, have been included to give a broader perspective. Different approaches to bulletproof hosting were investigated and the various methods these businesses use, to survive either legitimately or illegally. The next step of the project was to survey students’ perspectives on the topic and the related issues. This was achieved using Qualtrics and analysing the data of the 82 participants using the Qualtrics reports and Tableau analysis software. The findings from this survey were then analysed to indicate key statistics, for example 72.5% of participants spend more than 5 hours a day online and 61.73% of participants did not have any restrictions on their browsing or did not know if there were any. Once the analysis was completed it was linked back to the theory, highlighting individual perspectives about who holds responsibility for content online, what the legislation says and how this contrasts or supports the viewpoints of previous research, for example Sood and Enbody (2013) or Dourado (2012). Finally, the study is placed in perspective in terms of how it met the research question and objectives. In conclusion, the research takes its place in terms of its contribution within this emerging field and a series of recommendations for future changes are made.
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