Ethics

Papers discussing ethical principles applied to the use of computers and communications technology.

 
 

Anarchy and the Internet  HTML     PDF

Correspondence with someone whose insistence on freedom and anarchy on the 'Net changed when his ideology was applied to his own information.

 

Bits of Morality  PPT     PDF

Powerpoint file with overview of computer crime and ethical issues for teachers and students. PDF has a brief description of the contents.

 

Full Disclosure     PDF

Should vulnerabilities be disclosed to the public or discussed first with vendors?

 

Hackers are Enemies  HTML     PDF

Don't believe people who make unauthorized access into a game.

 

Making Ethical Decisions  HTML      PDF

How do adults and children learn to figure out what makes ethical sense when confronted with complicated questions?  This primer teaches people simple principles for thinking about ethics.

 

Napster Cantata   HTML      PDF

Wondering if you are doing the right thing by making copies of CDs, records and DVDs?  Here's some straight talk about intellectual property theft.

 

Questions for Parents and Children   HTML      PDF

Rather than trying to force rigid rules devoid of reason on young people, perhaps parents can think about the issue and engage in constructive dialog with their own children to build a shared moral framework. These questions may also be useful in classroom discussion. Parents, teachers, and students should feel free to use and adapt them to their own purposes.

 

Seven Reasons Not to Steal Software, Music, Games, or Videos  HTML      PDF

Classic excuses for theft often used by thieves and some snappy (actually, pretty offensive) responses to shock kids out of their happy acceptance of criminal propaganda. This is not your usual namby-pamby adult-to-child condescension: it's a slap in the face.

 

Totem and Taboo in Cyberspace:  Integrating Technology into our Moral Universe  HTML      PDF

This is a more serious paper for adults (although kids are welcome to read it too) explaining the importance of establishing normative values to govern the use of computers and communication technology.

 

Why Kids Shouldn't Be Criminal Hackers  HTML     PDF

For children, teachers and parents who are interested in understanding how criminal hackers are lying to kids by claiming their illegal activities are harmless.

 


 

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