An acceptable use policy governs the way a computer system, such as a website or online service, may be used. For example, AUPs can protect against identity theft, offensive content, or unwanted advertising. Usually before someone is allowed membership in an online community, they have to read and agree to an AUP statement that outlines potential offenses and their consequences.
Digital learning communities can greatly benefit from clear and concise AUP statements. My plan for supporting and protecting a DLC through Digital Rights and Responsibilities is, first of all, to ensure that all policies and laws are clear and accessible to public.
In order for citizens in the DLC to better protect themselves against illegal or unsolicited activity in their communities, schools should include AUPs, Fair Use, and Copyright in the new teacher trainings and student orientations.
Furthermore, DLCs can enforce an acceptable use policy by encouraging community member to report any suspicious activity such as an attempt to break into their account or offensive content.
Finally, an ongoing educating, training, and reminding of the citizens in the communities is needed to maintain a flourishing DLC where citizens understand, observe, and are inclined to willingly support and ultimately benefit from Digital Rights and Responsibilities