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4.3 Ethical and legal considerations

You will need to be aware of privacy and confidentiality in relation to online communication. Email is generally considered private and should not be quoted without permission. Some conferences are not wholly public, so messages should not be copied outside the conference.

Online discussion may be read by people from other cultures and backgrounds, so be careful to avoid giving offence. Although people are usually very tolerant, it is still possible that someone could sue for libel.

Besides the informal rules of netiquette, most discussion systems have a code of conduct and conditions of use that govern acceptable behaviour.

Considerations of plagiarism and copyright apply to discussion systems. If you are quoting something written by someone else, put it in quotation marks and acknowledge the source.

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