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Computers and Ethics in the Cyberage

Computers and Ethics in the Cyberage - 01 edition

Computers and Ethics in the Cyberage - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780130829788

ISBN10: 0130829781

Computers and Ethics in the Cyberage by D. Micah Hester and Paul J. Ford - ISBN 9780130829788
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
International: No
Computers and Ethics in the Cyberage by D. Micah Hester and Paul J. Ford - ISBN 9780130829788

ISBN13: 9780130829788

ISBN10: 0130829781

Edition: 01

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The readings address subjects including the global impact of computers, on-line communities, and virtual reality. Selections analyze topics ranging from privacy, copyright and professionalism to computer crime.

The texts included in this book are by women and men of many nations and diverse perspectives. The writers include ethicists, lawyers and engineers, as well as sociologists, anthropologists, social scientists, and literary figures.

  • a multi-national flavor, appropriate to the global nature of computer technologies.
  • student-centered introductions to each section and article.
  • article-based introductions to the philosophy of technology in general, with particular attention to computer ethics.
  • samples of practical guidelines and codes of conduct from different types of private, professional, and government institutions.
  • a large selection of further resources listed both in section bibliographies and in the appendices.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each section begins with an Introduction and concludes with a Selected Bibliography.)


1. From Ethics of Technology to Ethics of Computers.

Assimilation of the Machine: New Cultural Values, Lewis Mumford. Views of Technology, Ian Barbour. Selections on Technology, Melvin Kranzberg, ed. Unique Ethical Problems in Information Technology, Walter Maner.

2. Computer Technologies as Value-Laden.

Creating the People's Computer, Michael Dertouzos. Computers and Reason, Theodore Roszak. Logic and Intuition, Michael Heim. Fairy Tales, Allen Newell.


3. Community and Intermediacy.

Social Strategies for Software, Jon Dorbolo. The Virtual Community, Howard Rheingold. Is There a There in Cyberspace?, John Perry Barlow.

4. Alienation, Anonymity, and Embodiment.

In the Age of the Smart Machine, Shoshana Zuboff. Implantable Brain Chips? Time for Debate, G.Q. Maguire, Jr., Ellen M. McGee. EPICAC, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Computers and the Human Identity, Raymond Gozzi.

5. Computers in Developing Nations.

The State, Computers, and African Development: The Information Non-Revolution, Bruce Berman. The Social Implications of Information Technologies: A Latin American Perspective, Judith Sutz. Cool Runnings: The Contradictions of Cybereality in Jamaica, Joerge Dyrkton. The Ethical Dilemma Caused by the Transfer of Information Technology to Developing Countries, Yero Baldeh.


6. Computer Professionals and the Professional Use of Computers.

Does Professional Ethics Include Computer Professionals?: Two Models for Understanding, Michael P. Hodges. Professional Relationships, Deborah G. Johnson. Developing Ethical Practices to Minimize Computer Misuse, Shalini Kesar and Simon Rogerson.

7. Freedom, Privacy, and Control in an Information Age.

Electronic Power to the People: Who is Technology's Keeper on the Cyberspace Frontier?, Michael R. Ogden. Remarks at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference, Representative Edward J. Markey. Privacy, Respect for Persons, and Risk, Dag Elgesem.

8. Piracy and Ownership.

The Morality of Software Piracy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis, W.R. Swinyard, H. Rinnie, and A. Keng Kau. Should I Copy My Neighbor's Software?, Helen Nissenbaum. So You Want to Be a Pirate?, Pirate editorial.

9. Hacking and Viruses.

Hacking and Virus, Tom Forester and Perry Morrison. The Conscience of a Hacker, The Mentor. Are Computer Hacker Break-Ins Ethical?, Eugene Spafford. Interview with a Hacker, Richard Spinello. The Computer Virus As Metaphor, Raymond Gozzi.


10. Artificial Intelligence.

Baku: EPICAC XIV, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Some Aspects of Ethics and Research into the Silicon Brain, Dan Remenyi and Brian Williams. Misrepresenting Human Intelligence, Hubert Dreyfus. What We Are Thinking About When We Are Thinking About Computers: Thinking About Aliveness, Sherry Turkle.

11. Virtual Environments.

Effects of Participating in Virtual Environments, John Wilson. The Virtual Sky is Not the Virtual Limit: Ethics in Virtual Reality, Blay Whitby. Being and Believing: Ethics of Virtual Reality, The Lancet.

12. Networking and the Internet.

Remarks on the Internet and Information Technologies, Albert Gore, Jr.. Losing Our Souls in Cyberspace, Mark A. Kellner and Douglas Groothuis. A Rape in Cyberspace, Julian Dibbell. On Space, Sex, and Being Stalked, Pamela Gilbert.


Appendix A: ACM/IEEE Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
Appendix B: Codes of Ethics of Selected Foreign Professional Societies.
Appendix C: Selected ''Appropriate Use'' Regulations.
Appendix D: Further Resources in Computer Ethics.