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FUTURE OF COMPUTER ETHICS Computers and the transformations they engender have only recently entered into most people’s lives. Large mainframes used by the government and businesses made their debut only 50 years ago, and personal computers began appearing in small businesses and homes as recently as the early 1980s. Although the precursor of the Internet was created almost 30 years ago, widespread use of the Internet and the creation of the World Wide Web occurred within the last ten years. The field of computer ethics has been developing to address ethical problems arising from new technologies. Although predicting accurately the direction of such ethical considerations in the future is impossible, some general speculations can be made on emerging trends. New Computer Ethics Laws Legislation is often slow to catch up with the reality of everyday life. Eventually it does catch up, and this will prove true for many of the computer ethics issues we face today. For example, many attempts have already been made in the United States to draft laws that increase personal privacy protection.
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