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Three Different Perspectives of Computer Ethics
Professional
Disciplines
Computer Science
Engineering
Library/Information
Science
Issues Examined
Professional Responsibility
Code of conduct
System reliability/ safety
Philosophical
Disciplines
Philosophy
Law
Issues examined
Privacy and anonymity
Intellectual property
Free speech
Sociological/ Descriptive
Disciplines
Sociology
Behavioural Sciences
Issues Examined
Impact of cyber-technology on gov’t / financial / educational institutions and socio-demographic
groups
Gotterbarn: The principle focus of computer ethics should be on issues of professional responsibility and
not on the broader moral and social implications of that technology
In class we’ll be using a social/descriptive perspective
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