Ethics and Technology: Ethical Issues in an Age of Information and Communication Technology Paperback – Jun 25 2003
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"Dr. Tavani has identified most, if not all, of the major ethical challenges facing computer and information professionals today and has described, defined and questioned these issues coherently, succinctly, and intelligently."—Elizabeth A. Buchanan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
"Iespecially admire the book for its clear, simple writing style, its rhetorical persuasiveness, and its easy-to-follow, logical organization. I am also fond of the 'interdisciplinary' approach the book takes, which will appeal to computer science students, engineering students, IT students, and umanities students alike."—Mark Manion, Drexel University
"The contents are well-organized and each chapter provides a deep and balanced presentation of the material. it is certainly far broader than the material covered by current texts."—Brian M. O'Connell, Central Connecticut State University
"A good, clear exposition of the issues, and a comprehensive coverage of the important issues. The use of cases is excellent!"—John Weckert, Charles Sturt University, AustraliaSee all Product Description
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Back to the point: the book builds form the point of view that you have never been exposed to ethics. You get a grounding in ethical theories and then move on to learning how to evaluate ethical issues (kind like logic in mathematics without the symbols). He talks about codes of practice and your moral responsibility as a somebody who works, creates or manages a little corner of cyberspace (tell me that word isn't getting done to death like that other hoary old chestnut: 'the information superhighway' *cringe*). It is at this point that the book leaps forward into relevant (if somewhat shallow treatment) of the major issues ike privacy, piracy, crime, security,freedom of speech and equity.Read more ›
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Contents: Introduction To Cyberethics - Concepts, Perspectives, and Methodological Frameworks; Ethical Concepts and Ethical Theories - Establishing and Justifying a Moral System; Critical Thinking Skills and Logical Arguments - Tools for Evaluating Cyberethics Issues; Professional Ethics, Codes of Conducts, and Moral Responsibility; Privacy and Cyberspace; Security in Cyberspace; Cybercrime and Cyberrelated Crimes; Intellectual Property Disputes in Cyberspace; Regulating Commerce and Speech in Cyberspace; Social Inclusion, The Digital Divide, and the Transformation of Work - The Impact for Class, Race, and Gender; Community and Identity in Cyberspace - Ethical Aspects of Virtual-Reality and Artificial-Intelligence Technologies; Pervasive Computing and Converging Technologies - Ethical Aspects of Ambient Intelligence, Bioinformatics, and Nanocomputing; Glossary; Index
Having never taken a class on ethics or critical thinking, I found the first three chapters interesting. Tavani builds the foundation of how to define and describe cyberethics, as well as how to determine and argue the case of what is "moral". These chapters are a concise course on how to build an argument and support it properly. After those three chapters are done, the concepts that were built are used to examine many different facets of computers and life, and how ethics come into play and shape how we think. There are the subjects you'd expect, like digital rights and security. But he also covers issues that I don't normally think of when dwelling on computers and ethics... gender, socioeconomic classes, race. First you have to determine if indeed those things are ethical issues, and if so, what responsibility do you have in those areas.
On one hand, the book is thorough and detailed. It's meant to be a textbook on the subject, and as such it delivers. These are the types of academic discussions and debates that you'd expect in a formal setting. I was somewhat disappointed, however, when it came to conclusions. Both sides of each issue were debated (even when I didn't even think there *was* another side), but resolution was elusive. I suppose I'm supposed to take this information and draw my own conclusions, but instead I came away with "so everything's right *and* wrong". Since I tend to want to get down to practical issues rather than deal with abstracts, I found it hard to come to any resolution at the end of each chapter.
Definitely good material, and worth reading. But it will make you work and think.
The book is a little dry, and the supplemental material and slides are also a little dry. Unfortunately, that is common for material dealing with legal and ethical issues, as well as Cyber Security. I don't believe a better book exists for this topic. If it does it will provide the material in a more interesting, dynamic format. I am trying to supplement the material for my class with videos, but I find it difficult myself to make it exciting. So I would reiterate that while this book is not the ideal training instrument, it is as close to the ideal as I have seen and is certainly the most complete and accurate instrument that I am aware of. Thank you Dr. Tavani for your work here!
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