Ethics and Technology: Controversies, Questions, and Strategies for Ethical Computing, 3rd Edition
January 2010, ©2011
Chapter 1. Introduction to Cyberethics: Concepts, Perspectives, and Methodological Frameworks.
Chapter 2. Ethical Concepts and Ethical Theories: Establishing and Justifying A Moral System.
Chapter 3. Critical Thinking Skills and Logical Arguments: Tools For Evaluating Cyberethics Issues.
Chapter 4. Professional Ethics, Codes of Conduct, and Moral Responsibility.
Chapter 5. Privacy and Cyberspace.
Chapter 6. Security in Cyberspace.
Chapter 7. Cybercrime and Cyber-Related Crimes.
Chapter 8. Intellectual Property Disputes in Cyberspace.
Chapter 9. Regulating Commerce and Speech in Cyberspace.
Chapter 10. The Digital Divide and the Transformation of Work.
Chapter 11. Community, Personal Identity, and Our Sense of Self In Cyberspace.
12. Ethical Aspects of Emerging and Converging Technologies.
- new and/or updated scenarios in each chapter, illustrating both (practical) cases and hypothetical situations, which enable students to apply methodological concepts/frameworks and ethical theories covered in Chapters 1 and 2;
- new sample arguments in many chapters, which enable students to apply the tools for argument-analysis covered in Chapter 3;
- additional “review questions” and “discussion questions” at the end of each chapter;
- a newly designed set of study/exercise questions called “Essay/Presentation Questions” in each chapter, which include unanalyzed scenarios that can be used for either in-class group projects or outside class assignments;
- an updated and expanded glossary of key terms used in the book;
- an updated Ethics and Technology Web site with new resources and materials for students and instructors.
New issues examined and analyzed include:
- ethical and social aspects of blogging, including controversies involving personal blogs (or online diaries) and political blogs;
- Web mining and privacy concerns, including the Facebook Beacon controversy;
- controversies surrounding cyberbullying on SNSs, including the Meier incident on MySpace;
- sexting incidents involving young teenagers vis-à-vis existing child pornography laws;
- violence and pornography in MMORPGs;
- controversies affecting virtual economies and “gold farming” in virtual worlds;
- cyberespionage activities carried out by governments and state-sponsored organizations, and the implications these activities have for the security of our national infrastructure;
- controversies involving “certified ethical hackers” (CEH) who carry out preemptive counter-hacking activities on the part of the organizations that hire them.
New models/conceptual frameworks include:
- the Value Sensitive Design (VSD) model for computer/IT professionals to use in developing computer/information systems;
- the “contextual-integrity” model of privacy for evaluating privacy-related controversies;
- the precautionary principle as a model of risk analysis for cybersecurity-related issues;
- a proposed scheme for assessing the pros and cons of online communities and virtual friendships.
Also included in the new edition are expanded discussions of:
- ethical relativism, which is contrasted with ethical absolutism and ethical objectivism, as well as with cultural relativism;
- ongoing disputes involving illicit file-sharing of copyrighted material through P2P sites, including controversies surrounding The Pirate Bay case;
- digital rights management (DRM) technology and the challenge of interoperability devices for listening to online music across multiple platforms;
- e-mail spam and “phishing” controversies;
- global dimensions of the digital divide, including an analysis of the question whether affluent nations have a moral obligation to bridge the divide;
- ethical aspects of workplace surveillance and employee-monitoring practices;
- controversies that span the conventional boundaries for differentiating acts of hacktivism, cyberterrorism, and information warfare.
The right topics, comprehensive coverage
Cases and scenarios
Authoritative author, "well-respected author and advocate for societal and ethicalconcerns of computing and technology" per one reviewer.
Chapter on the ethics of emerging/converging technologies, including controversies affecting bioinformatics and nanocomputing.
Expanded analysis of privacy issues, including new sections on controversies involving RFID technologies, ubiquitous communication, and pervasive surveillance.
Analysis of controversies surrounding the Patriot Act and it implications for civil liberties.
Analysis of decisions of recent court cases.
Expanded discussion of property-rights issues involving the Free Software Foundation, the Open Source Initiative, and the Creative Commons.
Analysis of implications of Digital Rights Management Systems for intellectual property rights policies.
Analysis of issues affecting the outsourcing of programming jobs and globalization.