Potential Liability of Universities in Providing Internet Access to Students under the Malaysian Law

Ismail Nawang, Nazli and Hamid, Noor 'Ashikin and Zakariah, Asril Amirul (2016) Potential Liability of Universities in Providing Internet Access to Students under the Malaysian Law. In: 5th International Conference on Law and Society , 18 - 19 April 2016, Fatoni University, Pattani, Thailand.

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The phenomenon development and widespread use of the Internet in the Information Age has witnessed its crucial role in all spheres of our lives, including education. The Internet, which consists of a network of millions of interconnected computers worldwide, is undoubtedly the largest information resources in the world. Since students can access unlimited amount of information on the Internet, many universities provide computer systems and Internet access to their students. Nonetheless, these facilities may be exploited by unscrupulous students to access and communicate a host of unlawful online content such as pornography materials, sexual and racial harassment, copyright works, defamatory publications and many others. In view of that, universities may potentially be exposed to panoply of liabilities as Internet facilities providers for unlawful materials disseminated by their students. Further, the insertion of a new section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950, which is referred to as the Presumption of Fact in Publication, has now presumed Internet facilities providers as publishers of all materials disseminated via their devices unless the contrary is proved. As such, this paper intends to analyse the potential liability of universities as Internet access providers for unlawful materials of their students under the law in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Law, Accountancy & International Relations
Depositing User: Mr Nazli Ismail
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 04:53
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2016 04:53
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4781

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