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Ethics and Technology: Ethical Issues in an Age of Information and Communication Technology Paperback – Jun 25 2003

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 25 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471249661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471249665
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 572 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,174,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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, Australia

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This book was on the prescribed text list for the masters I am doing (Master of Informaiton Technology) and I must say I was pleasantly surprised to read it. Being a technical (engineer) person, it's a generalized opinion that this group (enclave?) we like mathematics, science and engineering books, but not so called 'arty farty' stuff like philosophy. Speaking for me personally, isn't far from the truth...So I thought...groan, not another one of these idealistic, pointless, ultimately altruistic and futile failures to read. Indeed not! I actually enjoyed reading it! (shock-horror). Tavani uses the ploy of relating his ideas to real-life situations (stalking, cracking, etc). This lends the book a serious air of legitimacy. The ivory tower is nowehere in sight (site? pun intended). He doesn't lecture at you like you're a poor, misguided computer geek who could never possibly understand human processes as well as some of his brethen would have you believe (note to pretentious philosophers: we engineer because we are REALLY smart! Not philsophize because we can't do science or mathematics).
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.
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The book was easy and a great read to get through. I found it very informative because of the level of description used and case/situation presented throughout the book.
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HASH(0xa1ab76f0) out of 5 stars More academic than I'm used to, but solid information... Dec 9 2006
By Thomas Duff - Published on
Format: Paperback
It seems that every time you turn around, there's some news story in the industry press about the ethics or legality of some aspect of technology. To help myself understand some of the underlying issues a bit better, I decided to read and review Ethics & Technology: Ethical Issues in an Age of Information and Communication Technology (2nd Edition) by Herman T. Tavani. While not the easiest or most riveting read, I did come away with a better appreciation for the field of ethics.

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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa14ccbc4) out of 5 stars Overpriced and overly wordy, I doubt there's 200 pages of actual content in the book. Jan. 27 2014
By Berliner - Published on
Format: Paperback
It is almost as if a normal book was written that was ~200 pages long before the author went over every sentence and found a way to make it unnecessarily longer. After the sentences were all elongated they found ways to needlessly repeat information. This book is required for a class I am taking and it comes at little surprise to me that this is the market sector the book caters to. It could have been a worthwhile book but what we have here is utter garbage at a price only students would pay.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa16b78e8) out of 5 stars great textbook, just too long Feb. 15 2014
By M. Leung - Published on
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I had to buy this textbook for my communication ethics course. I really like the information presented inside the book, and the chapters and subchapters are very organized. But I think it's longer than it should be, and it like to repeat itself sometimes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2c3bd8c) out of 5 stars Interesting Oct. 2 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Bought this text for a class, it's pretty straightforward, moves at a reasonable pace, and covers all the bases. As far as textbooks go this has been one of the easier reads I've had in engineering school.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa14ccb04) out of 5 stars Great Text with very good supplemental materials. Sept. 2 2012
By Lawrence Slobodzian - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am using this text for a graduate and undergraduate course on Ethics and Security. I think it is a very good text for both levels, with a complete treatment of the philosophical and legal underpinnings as well as a review of relevant current events and trends. The publisher provides a pretty good website that includes supplemental materials such as PowerPoint slides and links to online materials.

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!