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Ethics for the Information Age provides a balanced, impartial, and modern treatment of computer ethics. Ethical theories are introduced early and used throughout the book to evaluate moral problems related to information technology, issues are examined from the point of view of multiple ethical theories to expose readers to various perspectives. Readers are encouraged to contemplate the ethical implications of decisions related to information technology and each their own conclusions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321536853
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley
  • Publication date: 2/18/2008
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Quinn is the author of the first three editions of Ethics for the Information Age. He is Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Seattle University. He did his graduate work at University of Wisconsin - Madison and received his PhD at Washington State University. Previously, he was a professor of computer science at Oregon State University where he taught Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science among other computer science courses.
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Table of Contents

1 Catalysts for change 1
1.1 Introduction 2
1.2 Milestones in computing 5
1.3 Milestones in networking 21
1.4 Milestones in information storage and retrieval 29
1.5 Information technology issues 36
2 Introduction to ethics 47
2.1 Introduction 47
2.2 Subjective relativism 53
2.3 Cultural relativism 55
2.4 Divine command theory 59
2.5 Kantianism 62
2.6 Act utilitarianism 67
2.7 Rule utilitarianism 72
2.8 Social contract theory 76
2.9 Comparing workable ethical theories 84
3 Networking 91
3.1 Introduction 91
3.2 Email and spam 93
3.3 Fighting spam 99
3.4 The world wide web 105
3.5 Ethical perspectives on pornography 108
3.6 Censorship 110
3.7 Freedom of expression 114
3.8 Children and the web 117
3.9 Breaking trust on the Internet 120
4 Intellectual property 133
4.1 Introduction 133
4.2 Intellectual property rights 135
4.3 Protecting intellectual property 141
4.4 Fair use 146
4.5 New restrictions on use 151
4.6 Peer-to-peer networks 155
4.7 Protections for software 160
4.8 Open-source software 163
4.9 Morality of intellectual property protection for software 169
4.10 Morality of copying proprietary software 172
4.11 Creative commons 175
5 Privacy 187
5.1 Introduction 187
5.2 Perspectives on privacy 189
5.3 Disclosing information 197
5.4 Public information 199
5.5 U.S. legislation 204
5.6 Public records 205
5.7 Covert government surveillance 209
5.8 U.S. legislation authorizing wiretapping 214
5.9 Data mining 219
5.10 Identity theft 224
5.11 Encryption 228
6 Computer and network security 245
6.1 Introduction 245
6.2 Viruses, worms, and Trojan horses 246
6.3 Phreaks and hackers 258
6.4 Denial-of-service attacks 270
6.5 Online voting 275
7 Computer reliability 285
7.1 Introduction 285
7.2 Data-entry or data-retrieval errors 286
7.3 Software and billing errors 288
7.4 Notable software system failures 290
7.5 Therac-25 296
7.6 Computer simulations 304
7.7 Software engineering 307
7.8 Software warranties 311
8 Work and wealth 329
8.1 Introduction 329
8.2 Automation and unemployment 330
8.3 Workplace changes 336
8.4 Globalization 342
8.5 The digital divide 346
8.6 The "winner-take-all society" 350
8.7 Access to public colleges 354
9 Professional ethics 365
9.1 Introduction 365
9.2 Is software engineering a profession? 366
9.3 Software engineering code of ethics 370
9.4 Analysis of the code 379
9.5 Case studies 384
9.6 Whistleblowing 389
Image credits 405
Index 407
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