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Test Review 1 - CYBER ETHICS LAW EXAM 1 REVIEW Professional...

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CYBER ETHICS & LAW EXAM 1 REVIEW Professional Ethics Professional Ethics Many different definitions of ethics can lead to disagreement or personal misinterpretation Ethics addresses the nature of responsibilities people have for one another even if there is no law addressing the situation Ethics can be taught and learned Semantics and the problem of multiple definitions o Ethics: A set of principles of right conduct, a theory or system of moral values, the study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made in person, moral philosophy, the rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession o “A theory of system or moral value” – Pertains to religious conditions An individual’s personal set of moral principles o “Moral philosophy” o “Conduct of a person or members of a profession” – Specific set of standards governing a profession No matter what career, there are always ethical issues Differentiation between licensed professionals and white collar Licensed professionals – specific codes and rules your REQUIRED to work by If a member violates the professional ethics their field they may: o Lose his or her license to practice in the field o May be subject to a lawsuit for professional malpractice Ethics is about honoring the profession and law 1
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Engineers – “Health and safety of society” Ethics & Choices Ethics is about making choices within a context that is multidimensional o Dimension #1: Particular circumstances E.G. Who did what/when, time and place in history, culture Computer ethics is new - there were no questions of computer ethics 100 years ago You have to look at the whole picture How do you develop an ethical system that catches up to the current technology? o Dimension #2: Nature of choice Is there such a thing as nature of choice? Is free will nature of choice? Is free will trivial? If free will exists doesn’t that mean there is no such thing as “doing something against your better judgment”? No! - “Moral blank check”, “You don’t judge me, I don’t judge you” If free will doesn’t exists, then what? God? The boss? Mom, the flag and apple pie? Nothing? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but it depends on how they go about expressing that How do you decide who to trust and make your decision? Qualification Personal opinion “Gut” feeling Individuals reputation 2
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o o Dimension #3: Impact of choices made In large part, questions of ethics arise because (if you’ll pardon the gender of the metaphor) “No man is an island.” Ethics is one means by which to address the nature of our responsibilities to one another.
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