Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Computing

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Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Computing

Format:  Paperback,

253 pages

Publisher: Cengage Learning College

Publish Date: Nov 2007

ISBN-13: 9781844807499

ISBN-10: 1844807495

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Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Computing provides a comprehensive treatment of the issues facing computer professionals in today's modern, working environment. It features ethical material and codes of practice, using them throughout the book to highlight issues. Written in an accessible style and aided by numerous activities, it brings the subject matter to life and provides essential coverage for undergraduates or anyone interested in the issues facing computer professionals in an ever-changing world.

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Publisher: Cengage Learning College
Publish Date: Nov 2007
ISBN-13: 9781844807499
ISBN-10: 1844807495
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 253
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9781844807499

Chapter outline

Series prefacep. ix
Prefacep. xi
About the websitep. xiii
A general introductionp. 1
Computer ethics: an overviewp. 2
Identifying an ethical issuep. 4
Ethics and the lawp. 6
Ethical theoriesp. 7
Professional codes of conductp. 11
An ethical dilemmap. 11
A framework for ethical decision makingp. 12
Summaryp. 13
Review questionsp. 14
Feedback on activitiesp. 14
Computer hackingp. 17
Introductionp. 18
Definitions of hackingp. 18
Destructive programsp. 20
Hacker ethicsp. 23
Legal constraints: the Computer Misuse Act, 1990p. 24
Professional constraints: BCS Code of Conductp. 25
To hack or not to hack? Ethical positions on hackingp. 26
An ethical dilemmap. 27
Summaryp. 28
Review questionsp. 29
Feedback on activitiesp. 30
Aspects of computer crimep. 35
Introductionp. 36
What is computer crime?p. 36
Computer security measuresp. 43
The Computer Misuse Act, 1990p. 48
Professional duties and obligationsp. 50
An ethical dilemmap. 50
Summaryp. 52
Review questionsp. 53
Feedback on activitiesp. 54
Intellectual property rightsp. 57
Introductionp. 58
The nature of intellectual propertyp. 58
Intellectual property legislationp. 59
The extent and nature of software piracyp. 64
Ethical and professional issuesp. 68
Free software and open source codep. 71
An ethical dilemmap. 72
Summaryp. 73
Review questionsp. 74
Feedback on activitiesp. 75
Regulating Internet contentp. 79
Introductionp. 80
In defence of freedom of expressionp. 80
Censorshipp. 81
Laws upholding free speechp. 84
Free speech and the Internetp. 86
Ethical and professional issuesp. 91
An ethical dilemmap. 93
Summaryp. 94
Review questionsp. 94
Feedback on activitiesp. 95
Personal privacy and computer technologiesp. 99
Introductionp. 100
Valuing privacyp. 100
Internet technologies and privacyp. 102
Privacy legislationp. 107
The Data Protection Act, 1998p. 111
Professional and ethical issuesp. 116
An ethical dilemmap. 119
Summaryp. 119
Review questionsp. 120
Feedback on activitiesp. 121
Computer technologies: accessibility issuesp. 127
Introductionp. 128
Principle of equal accessp. 128
Obstacles to access for individualsp. 129
Legislationp. 130
Enabling the disabledp. 131
Professional responsibilityp. 134
An ethical dilemmap. 135
Summaryp. 135
Review questionsp. 136
Feedback on activitiesp. 136
Empowering computers in the workplacep. 139
Introductionp. 140
Computers and employmentp. 140
Computers and the quality of workp. 141
Computerised monitoring in the workplacep. 143
Telecommutingp. 147
An ethical dilemmap. 149
Summaryp. 150
Review questionsp. 151
Feedback on activitiesp. 151
The use of artificial intelligence and expert systemsp. 157
Introductionp. 158
Origins of Al and expert systemsp. 158
The debate on computer intelligencep. 159
Applying intelligencep. 161
Implications on agent-based decision makingp. 163
Social, legal and professional issuesp. 165
An ethical dilemmap. 168
Summaryp. 169
Review questionsp. 169
Feedback on activitiesp. 170
The failure of IT projectsp. 175
Introductionp. 176
The problems of producing successful IT projectsp. 179
How the profession is addressing the problem of IT failurep. 180
The relationship between professional codes of conduct and IT projectsp. 183
An overview of national legislationp. 185
Summaryp. 187
Review questionsp. 188
Feedback on activitiesp. 189
Codes of conductp. 193
Introductionp. 194
Professional bodies and the British Computer Societyp. 194
The role of codes of conductp. 197
Key aspects of the BCS Code of Conductp. 198
An ethical dilemmap. 199
Summaryp. 200
Review questionsp. 200
Feedback on activitiesp. 201
Towards the future: some ethical and social questionsp. 205
Introductionp. 206
The database societyp. 206
Restricting choice: digital rights managementp. 213
Review of the ethical dilemmasp. 215
The pace of changep. 219
Summaryp. 222
Feedback on activitiesp. 223
Answers to review questionsp. 225
Indexp. 249

Book description

Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Computing provides a comprehensive treatment of the issues facing computer professionals in today's modern, working environment. It features ethical material and codes of practice, using them throughout the book to highlight issues. Written in an accessible style and aided by numerous activities, it brings the subject matter to life and provides essential coverage for undergraduates or anyone interested in the issues facing computer professionals in an ever-changing world.

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