Computer Ethics: A Global Perspective / Edition 1

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The rapid advancement of information technology in modern societies affects the way we live, communicate, work, and entertain. Computers and computer networks formulate an information age in which traditional ethical questions are re-examined and new questions arise concerning moral standards for human behavior. Computer Ethics: A Global Perspective presents a clear and concise introduction to the ethical and social issues sparked by our ever-growing information society at the local and global level. Designed for use as a main text in undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on computer, business, and applied ethics, the text is also ideal for the Information Technology in a Global Society course for the International Baccalaureate diploma. The text considers the impact of digitized information on individuals and societies and includes discussions on privacy, reliability, security, intellectual property, control, equality of access, and authenticity, with insights from the scientists and philosophers who have attempted to evaluate, explain, and resolve these issues. The text also discusses the social impact of information technology in different areas of human life such as business, health, education, entertainment and politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763740849
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 1/5/2007
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 141
  • Sales rank: 587,573
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
What is Computer Ethics?     1
Technology and Ethics     1
Computer Ethics and Morality     3
Ethical Decision Making in Computing     4
Ethical Issues     9
Computer Crime and Security     11
What Is Computer Crime?     11
Who Are the Computer Criminals?     13
Computer Fraud     14
Hackers and Hacking     15
Computer Sabotage     20
Security, Legislation, and Education     22
Privacy and Anonymity     25
The Invasion of Privacy     25
The Right of Privacy     26
Methods of Privacy Violation     29
Surveillance Technologies     30
Protecting Privacy     34
Intellectual Property     39
The Problem of Information Ownership     39
Arguments For and Against Property     40
Intellectual Property Rights     42
Protecting Intellectual Property     43
Software Piracy     45
Free Software     47
Computer Reliability     51
Can We Trust Computers?     51
What Is Computer Reliability?     52
Professional Responsibility     54
Solutions to the Problem     58
Social Impact     61
Intelligent Machines     63
Artificial Intelligence     63
Applications     64
Robotics     66
Computers and Business     69
Computerised Workplaces     69
Telecommuting     70
Electronic Business     71
Computers and Health     75
Technostress     75
Medical Robots     76
Telemedicine     77
Computers and Education     79
Future Schools     79
School Surveillance     81
Electronic Learning     82
Computers and Entertainment     85
Virtual Reality     85
Computer Games     86
Internet Pornography     87
Computers and Politics     93
Internet Democracy     93
Electronic Government     95
Electronic Voting     96
Environmental Problems     96
Study Questions     99
ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct     101
IEEE Code of Ethics     111
DPMA Code of Ethics     113
ICCP Code of Ethics     117
Selective Bibliography     125
Index     133
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