The study of the ethical issues related to computer use developed primarily in the 1980s, although a number of important papers were published in previous decades, many of which are contained in this volume. Computer ethics, as the field became known, flourished in the following decades. The emphasis initially was more on the computing profession: on questions related to the development of systems, the behaviour of computing professionals and so on. Later the focus moved to the Internet and to users of computer and related communication technologies. This book reflects these different emphases and has articles on most of the important issues, organised into sections on the history and nature of computer ethics, cyberspace, values and technology, responsibility and professionalism, privacy and surveillance, what computers should not do and morality and machines.

part I|1 pages

Computer Ethics – Its History and Nature

chapter 2|4 pages

Some Moral and Technical Consequences of Automation

ByNorbert Wiener

chapter 3|4 pages

Rules of Ethics in Information Processing

ByDonn B. Parker

chapter 4|4 pages

The Two Cultures of the Computer Age

ByJoseph Weizenbaum

chapter 5|6 pages

On the Impact of the Computer on Society

How does one insult a machine?
ByJoseph Weizenbaum

chapter 6|10 pages

What is Computer Ethics?*

ByJames H. Moor

chapter 7|8 pages

Four Ethical Issues of the Information Age

ByRichard O. Mason

chapter 8|8 pages

Is there an Ethics of Computing?

ByGeoffrey Brown

chapter 9|6 pages

The Use and Abuse of Computer Ethics

ByDonald Gotterbarn

chapter 10|20 pages

Information ethics: On the philosophical foundation of computer ethics*

ByLuciano Floridi

part II|1 pages


chapter 12|7 pages

What is so bad about Internet content regulation?

ByJohn Weckert

chapter 13|9 pages

Unreal Friends*

ByDean Cocking, Steve Matthews

chapter 14|16 pages

Developing Trust on the Internet

ByVictoria McGeer

chapter 15|14 pages

The Computer Revolution and the Problem of Global Ethics

ByKrystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska

chapter 17|17 pages

Shaping the Web: Why the Politics of Search Engines Matters

ByLucas D. Introna, Helen Nissenbaum

part III|1 pages

Values and Technology

chapter 18|16 pages

Do Artifacts Have Politics?

ByLangdon Winner

chapter 20|18 pages

Bias in Computer Systems

ByBatya Friedman, Helen Nissenbaum

part IV|1 pages

Responsibility and Professionalism

chapter 22|8 pages

Human Agency and Responsible Computing: Implications for Computer System Design

ByBatya Friedman, Peter H. Kahn

chapter 23|10 pages

Informatics and Professional Responsibility*

ByDonald Gotterbarn

chapter 24|14 pages

Do Engineers have Social Responsibilities?

ByDeborah G. Johnson

chapter 25|8 pages

Computing and Accountability

ByHelen Nissenbaum

chapter 26|10 pages

Using the New ACM Code of Ethics in Decision Making

ByRonald E. Anderson, Deborah G. Johnson, Donald Gotterbarn, Judith Perrolle

part V|1 pages

Privacy and Surveillance

chapter 27|7 pages

Are Computer Hacker Break-ins Ethical?*

ByEugene H. Spafford

chapter 28|16 pages

A moral approach to electronic patient records

ByN. B. Fairweather, S. Rogerson

chapter 29|14 pages

Privacy and the Varieties of Informational Wrongdoing

ByJeroen van den Hoven

chapter 31|11 pages

Privacy, the Workplace and the Internet

BySeumas Miller, John Weckert

chapter 32|11 pages

Surveillance in Employment: The Case of Teleworking

ByN. Ben Fairweather

part VI|1 pages

What Computers Should Not Do

chapter 33|13 pages

Are There Decisions Computers Should Never Make?

ByJames H. Moor

chapter 35|11 pages

On Becoming Redundant or What Computers Shouldn’t Do

ByJames Lenman

part VII|1 pages

Morality and Machines

chapter 36|9 pages

Men, Machines, Materialism, and Morality

ByPeter T. Manicas

chapter 37|12 pages

Can Robots be Moral?

ByLaszlo Versenyi

chapter 38|7 pages

A code of conduct for robots coexisting with human beings

ByShigeo Hirose

chapter 39|16 pages

Information, Ethics, and Computers: The Problem of Autonomous Moral Agents

ByBernd Carsten Stahl