Computer Ethics and Professional Responsibility / Edition 1

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This clear and accessible textbookand its associated website offer a state of the art introduction to the burgeoning field of computer ethics and professional responsibility.

  • Includes discussion of hot topics such as the history of computing; the social context of computing; methods of ethical analysis; professional responsibility and codes of ethics; computer security, risks and liabilities; computer crime, viruses and hacking; data protection and privacy; intellectual property and the “open source” movement; global ethics and the internet
  • Introduces key issues and concepts at the start of each section, and features classroom-tested study questions, and lists of useful websites and further reading
  • Provides a wealth of relevant case studies, and an easy-to learn case-analysis technique
  • Is accompanied by a website, offering sample student answers, additional study questions, example case analyses, and discussion forums
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Bynum and Rogerson succeed at the difficult task of putting together a lasting collection of papers for a cutting-edge field that changes direction every other month. The collection is essential for anyone doing advanced research on the ethical standards of computer professions. At the same time, the collection stands as an outstanding teaching text for most university courses." John Snapper, Illinois Institute of Technology

"This book includes significant pieces from members of the global computer ethics community. Among its strengths are the worked-out case studies for ethical analysis and a nice section on computer security. It is an ideal text for those teaching professional ethics." Frances S. Grodzinsky, Sacred Heart University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855548459
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/19/2003
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 930,323
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Terrell Ward Bynum is Director of the Research Center on Computing & Society at Southern Connecticut State University. For 25 years, he was editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Metaphilosophy. Among his many publications, he is co-editor, with James H. Moor, of The Digital Phoenix: How Computers are Changing Philosophy (Blackwell, 1998) and CyberPhilosophy: The Intersection of Philosophy and Computing (Blackwell, 2002).

Simon Rogerson is Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility and Professor of Computer Ethics at De Montfort University. He is a co-editor of the scholarly journal Information, Communication and Ethics in Society. Among other publications, he is the author of Ethical Aspects of Information Technology: Issues for Senior Executives (1998) and a co-author of Strategic Management Support Systems (1996).

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements.

Foreword: About The Computing Curricula 2001 Guidelines Of Ieee-Cs And Acm.

Editors’ Introduction: Ethics In The Information Age.

Part I: What Is Computer Ethics?.

Introduction: Defining Computer Ethics.

1. Reason, Relativity, And Responsibility In Computer Ethics: James H. Moor.

2. Unique Ethical Problems In Information Technology: Walter Maner.

3. Ethical Decision Making And Case Analysis In Computer Ethics: Terrell Ward Bynum.

Additional Readings And Web Resources On The Nature Of Computer Ethics.

Part II: Professional Responsibility:.

Introduction To Professional Responsibility.

4. Unintentional Power In The Design Of Computing Systems: Chuck Huff.

5. Informatics And Professional Responsibility: Donald Gotterbarn.

6. The Ethics Of Software Development Project Management: Simon Rogerson.

Case To Analyze: The London Ambulance Case.

Additional Readings And Web Resources On Professional Responsibility.

Part III: Codes of Ethics:.

Introduction To Codes Of Ethics.

7. No PAPA: Why Incomplete Codes Of Ethics Are Worse Than None At All: N. Ben Fairweather.

8. On Licensing Computer Professionals: Donald Gotterbarn.

Case To Analyze: The Chemco Case.

Additional Readings And Web Resources On Codes Of Ethics.

Appendix To Part III: Example Codes of Ethics.

The Software Engineering Code Of Ethics.

IEEE-CS/ACM Joint Task Force On Software Engineering.

The ACM Code Of Ethics And Professional Conduct.

Association For Computing Machinery.

The ACS Code Of Ethics.

The Australian Computer Society.

The BCS Code Of Conduct.

The British Computer Society.

The IEEE Code Of Ethics.

The Institute Of Electrical And Electronics Engineers.

The IMIS Code Of Ethics.

Institute For The Management Of Information Systems.

Part IV: Sample Topics In Computer Ethics:.

Computer Security.

Introduction To Computer Security.

9. Computer Security And Human Values: Peter G. Neumann.

10. Are Computer Hacker Break-Ins Ethical? Eugene H. Spafford.

Case To Analyze: A Flight Of Fancy At Aero Wright.

Additional Readings And Web Resources On Computer Security.

Privacy And Computing.

Introduction To Privacy And Computing.

11. Towards A Theory Of Privacy In The Information Age: James H. Moor.

12. Data Protection In A Changing World: Elizabeth France.

Case To Analyze: A Small Matter Of Privacy.

Additional Readings And Web Resources On Privacy.

Computing And Intellectual Property.

Introduction To Computing And Intellectual Property.

13. Proprietary Rights In Computer Software: Deborah G. Johnson.

14. Why Software Should Be Free: Richard Stallman.

Case To Analyze: Free-Range Property.

Additional Readings And Web Resources On Intellectual Property.

Global Information Ethics.

Introduction To Global Information Ethics.

15. The Computer Revolution And The Problem Of Global Ethics: Krystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska.

16. Giving Offence On The Internet: John Weckert.

Case To Analyze: A Clever Idea.

Additional Readings And Web Resources On Global Information Ethics.

A Final Case To Analyze.

Case To Analyze: Corner Shop Goes Virtual.



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