With the introduction of Internet access, we have gained accessibility to a wealth of information. It has made the world smaller, which for a lot of us, who live far away from our loved ones, is a wonderful thing. In our working environment, it has given us ways of becoming more efficient and knowledgeable.
There are, however, serious concerns of which staff, and private users must be aware. Some sites accessible on the Internet contain materials that may be deemed obscene or otherwise inappropriate for use in a mission setting. MAF neither condones the use of these materials nor permits their use in the work environment.
Although this policy is primarily meant for use within MAF and although MAF has no jurisdiction in the use of Internet by its customers and their employees, MAF feels that through mutual accountability as Christians and the fact that MAF's server is used in gaining Internet access, MAF can strongly advise you to adopt these guidelines for your Internet use as well.
- Respect the desire of others to use the system.
- Use the system for non-commercial purposes.
- Observe Christian standards of behavior, etiquette and sensitivity towards others.
- Respect the privacy of others.
- Recognize the limits of your own privacy while on the network. You should understand that network administrators are fully capable of determining -
- what sites a user visited,
- what files a user downloaded,
- and what information and graphics were viewed during a network session.
- Respect the property of others. Remember: the ability to access certain information does not mean you have the right to do so.
- Don't violate copyright laws.
- Don't give out your password to anyone or access anyone else's account.
- Be cautious about sharing personal information over the system.
- Be extremely cautious about providing personal information to others over the Internet.
- Be especially wary of revealing your address, telephone number, or credit card information online.
- Always assume that the information you send out will be viewed by people for whom the information was not intended.
- Never misrepresent yourself to others.
Generally speaking, the unacceptable uses of the internet are those which disrupt access to the system by others and/or which use the internet for purposes contrary to its intended use.
- Do not monopolize the network.
- Users of the MAF network and computer resources must respect network and resource limitations. Congestion can interfere with network access and significantly reduce the effectiveness of its use. Therefore, logging on for unnecessarily extended periods of time for personal use places a heavy load on scarce resources and interferes with the ability of others to access the network.
- Users must use a reasonable disk space only and delete e-mail or other material that takes up excessive storage space.
- Never allow another person to use your network account.
- Never violate the privacy of others.
- No one should ever access, read, copy, or distribute another user's files or electronic mail without the explicit prior consent of the other user.
- No one should ever access another person's computer or program files without the explicit prior consent of the other user.
- Never communicate with others in impolite or disrespectful ways.
- Avoid discourteous, profane, or abusive language. Expressions of hate speech or discriminatory remarks will not be tolerated in communications settings.
- Avoid pranks and flaming (verbal attacks on others). Harassing, offensive, or anonymous messages will not be tolerated.
- Remember: what you do and say online represents Christ and your mission.
- Never use the network for illegal or destructive activities.
- Never use a computer to harm other people or their work.
- Do not vandalize or destroy another person's computer hardware or software. This includes, but is not limited to, the creation or uploading of computer viruses.
- Computer hacking is not permitted. Hacking refers to the use of computers, programs, or files without the knowledge or permission of the owner.
- Never use the network to violate any local laws.
- Never use the network for immoral purposes.
- Do not view, send, or display sexually explicit, pornographic or offensive pictures.
- Do not view, send, or display sexually explicit, pornographic or offensive text or messages.
- A good rule of thumb to follow is to never view, send, or display any materials you would not want your spouse, children, or colleagues to see.
- Immediately notify the network administrator if you accidentally encounter such materials.
- Never use the network for commercial purposes.
- Do not use the network to solicit and offer goods or services.
- Never use copyrighted materials in an unlawful or unauthorized manner.
- Do not post or distribute copyrighted materials.
- Do not use copyrighted materials in papers or presentations without giving due credit to the author. This constitutes plagiarism, the presenting of someone else's ideas, research, and intellectual property as though they were your own.
- The illegal installation of copyrighted software on network computers is prohibited.