Ethics Summary

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Ethics Summary Thou shall not interfere with other people’s computer work. Thou shall think about the social consequences of the program you are writing or the system you are designing. Thou shall always use a computer in ways that insure consideration and respect for your fellow humans. The Internet has changed much about everyday life. The Internet promises freedom from many of the delays and limitations of the physical world. But in doing so, could the Internet also distance people from the rules and moral conceptions that bind them in the "real world"? Because in cyberspace people can exist independent of their names, identities, faces, and personalities, they often transcend the real world's moral and legal boundaries. Although the Internet allows them to transcend or violate these boundaries more easily, it generally has not changed moral and ethical concepts (notions of what it means to "do wrong.") However, these notions are under attack. The ease with which content on the Internet can be (often
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Unformatted text preview: erroneously) categorized as mere "information" threatens to erode legal conceptions of intellectual property protection and our ethical definition of theft. The word to best describe our reason for internet crimes is “depersonalization.” It shows that the simple personal courtesies extended to others, and the privacy boundaries almost instinctively respected can be confused, neglected, or simply ignored on the Internet. It is easier--and thus more tempting--to snoop in cyberspace because it is easier to avoid detection. Although the Internet may in some instances make it easier to "be bad," it has not changed what it means to "be bad." If the architecture of the Internet is not responsible for the moral values that lead to virtual transgressions, then it is unlikely that changing that architecture will have any real reformatory effect.
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