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Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web [Paperback]

By Daniel J. Lohrmann (Author)
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In this Internet age, technology gurus have loudly warned us of the dangers of identity theft. But computer security expert Daniel J. Lohrmann is more troubled about a different threat lurking online--integrity theft. In Virtual Integrity, Lohrmann reveals the vast scope of the potential pitfalls we face every time we surf the Web--the temptations vying for our thoughts, dreams, time, and money.

In this groundbreaking book, Lohrmann launches the battle against integrity theft by setting out to answer this question: How can we safely surf our values? Lohrmann tackles topics including problems with Web filters and parental controls, the pervasiveness of cheating on the Web, and how to avoid online career pitfalls. He then offers practical tips for following his "seven habits of online integrity" and unpacks a revolutionary new paradigm for integrity security.

Lohrmann is the perfect guide for this important topic. He explains technical issues in clear, everyday language and shares compelling stories from his experiences on the job and at home. Balancing a sobering view of reality with a hopeful vision for the future, Virtual Integrity will empower you to be part of the solution, starting with surfing your values.

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Studio: Brazos Press
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2008
Publisher   Brazos Press
ISBN  158743234X  
ISBN13  9781587432347  

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What Does He Mean by "Wrong"?  Apr 20, 2009
Daniel Lohrman describes himself as "a pro-Internet, eBay-using, Web-surfing family guy" who could even be considered a "cyber geek" (44). He also identifies himself as "a husband, a father of four, and a committed Christian who teaches children and adults at [his] church" (13). In this book, Lohrman identifies the Internet as a threat to our personal integrity. Lohrman states the following:

{{ A set of digital problems has emerged that is more daunting than stopping organized cyber crime or addressing Internet privacy. A related, but cleverly veiled, set of attacks with new names is wreaking havoc on families. Even when all the right defenses are in place, I still see too many among the supposed "good guys" surfing inappropriately and destructively. Young and old are enticed into performing actions that sacrifice their future. Increasingly, I see the ethical and moral lines in cyberspace becoming blurry for large parts of our society and even most churchgoers (12). [. . .] Today's Internet culture constantly entices us to water down the Ten Commandments, forget God's promises, justify questionable actions, and live in cyber shades of gray (16). }}

Lohrman specifically identifies pornography and online gaming as "addictive" and "destructive," but also addresses the distortion of "truth" that is found online, calling it "a virtual dumping ground full of inaccurate quotes, partial truths, and deliberate lies" (48). He defines this process, which he calls "integrity theft" as "the repeated attraction of others to do wrong" (21). But what does he mean by "wrong"?

It is here that Lohrman and I part philosophical company. Lohrman apparently makes the assumption that "Christian values" is an objective entity that is universal and definable. I disagree. There are many Christian denominations and many more individual Christians with different interpretations of such subjective concepts as "right or wrong." I, for example, am a Christian who believes in salvation by grace alone - that we do "good" things not to be saved, but because we are saved. I have a personal relationship with God, and I do not need Lohrman, or anyone else, to quantify the parameters of right and wrong for me. I know, within the boundaries of my own conscience, what is right and what is wrong. If I do something that is "wrong," it is because I choose to do so - and I alone am responsible for the consequences.

I am reminded of the classic Marx Brothers routine: a man tells his doctor, while lifting his arm above his head, "Doctor, it hurts when I do this," to which the doctor replies, "then don't do that." Lohrman expends an incredible amount of energy with what I consider to be "psychobabble behavior modification techniques" that attempt to express a concept that is, in fact, quite simple - if you know that it is wrong - then don't do that.

My personal opinion regarding "online integrity" is relatively simple. Do not read spam email messages, and never, ever open an attachment in an email unless you know the person who sent it. Do not click on ads. If innocent surfing leads you to inappropriate material - back out of it - do not look at it.

In my opinion, Lohrman does a very good job identifying the threats to personal integrity that are found online, but not so good a job offering solutions to these threats. Despite my reservations, I would still recommend this book. Many things that seem obvious to me may not be so obvious to others. The book is well written and easy to read. Children, teenagers, and even many adults who may not be aware of the true nature of the Internet, should find this book to be useful and informative.

Required Reading!  Feb 17, 2009
Dan Lohrmann is a cyber security expert and it comes through on every page of Virtual Integrity. The refreshing thing about this book is that Lohrmann dares to tread in some of those ethically dark cyber spaces that nice people don't like to talk about, much less confront head-on. The result is a very well written and complete book on cyber ethics where Lohrmann lays it out in a fashion that's hard to disagree with. Here's a good example from chapter six - "Unless laws are clearly being broken or companies face a lawsuit, cyber ethics is an area that can get uncomfortable for most professionals in our postmodern world, where I'm OK and you're OK."

While written from a Christian perspective, the ideals and values presented in Virtual Integrity are universal and applicable in any environment. In fact, businesses might take a hint by incorporating some of Lohrmann's suggestions for teaching employees to "Surf your values." Virtual Integrity is well researched and absolutely chock-full of pertinent information, revealing data and insightful anecdotes. Here's another bit of Lohrmann sageness - "As we travel through cyberspace, it is helpful and necessary to occasionally pull over and make sure we are going in the right direction and doing the right things." Well said!
Fresh Insight for All Generations  Jan 21, 2009
I have read many, many books and articles relating to integrity and the Internet, but this is the best so far. Lorhmann presents fresh insight that the legalistic forced blocking by filters is not only insufficient, but anti-productive. Filters actually foster temptation to circumvent, and offer little in the way of training in proper use of the Internet.

One of the key aspects of the book is that it is based in fundamental truth - often lacking in today's society. That truth is that the Internet is often used improperly - either through the amount of time spent or in the nature of material viewed on the Internet. As such, that truth applies to all generations, young and old, male and female, tech or non-tech.

Lohrmann goes well beyond discussion of the problem... he presents practical means to overcome the problem through easy and readily available tools.

Parents should read this book, then pass it on to their kids, and they should buy copies for their friends.
Great book to balance online and offline lives  Dec 22, 2008
Virtual Integrity is a landmark book for the topic of cyber-ethics. While Dan Lohrman could easily be considered an expert in the area of technological solutions for cyber problems, the focus of his book is not technology, but rather personal character. Virtual Integrity successfully bridges the worlds of Christian ethics and cyberspace.

Lohrman offers readers what he calls the "Seven Habits of Online Integrity." His intention is to give "action-oriented disciplines that strive to be 'non-techie,' easy to understand, and flexible to implement based upon need." He does just that. His approach is both refreshing and holistic. He doesn't merely focus on the hot-button issues such as pornography or Internet predators. Instead he writes to a broad audience on Internet users and calls them to refresh their values in cyberspace.

Surfing the Web has become a place where people can live a second life, at times at odds with their offline values. Lohrman gives his readers a glimpse of how this has become a problem in modern society and then gives hands-on, practical steps that can be taken to overcome these problems.

To anyone who wants a handbook on how to mix personal values and online interactions, Virtual Integrity is the best out there today. Whether it is used for personal reading or group discussion (see his reader's guide: [...], this book will educate and challenge you.
Amazed  Dec 21, 2008
I wanted to get updated to the "new", related to internet offerings.
Actually, "things" seem to be changing faster than I can keep up.
However, this book gives me info about what I need to pay attention to, and try to learn. Amazing! The internet is both a gift and a puzzle.

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