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Computer Ethics
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  • Authored by: Robert Plotkin
  • From the Series: Computers, Internet, and Society
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 081607755X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7755-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $45.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 004
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 208


Written works, music, videos, and other content on the Internet are easily accessible to the general public, but is it considered ethically permissible to access, copy, and redistribute them? Is it right to look at someone else's documents on a home or school computer just because they are not protected by password? Are there ethical problems with using a false identity in an Internet chat room, or behaving in a way that one would not consider acting in the "real" world? What about using a photograph from the Internet in a research paper without giving credit to the photographer, even if using that photo constitutes fair use and does not violate the law? Computer Ethics explores these questions and more, enabling students to differentiate between what is legally permissible and what is ethical in the context of computers and the Internet.

Chapters include: 

  • Privacy: Does It Exist Online?
  • Security: Challenges in the Information Society
  • Anonymity: Advantages and Dangers of Anonymous Communication
  • Virtual Worlds: Living Inside Your Computer
  • Professional Ethics: When Is the Programmer Responsible?
  • Copying: Does Ease of Copying Make It Right?
  • Speech: The Internet as Library, Newspaper, Television, and Beyond
  • Netiquette: Adding Formality to an Informal Medium.


Full-color photographs and line illustrations. Index. Glossary. Chronology. Further resources.

About the Author(s)

Robert Plotkin is a patent attorney specializing in patent protection for computer technology. His firm, Robert Plotkin, P.C., has been named a "Go-To Law Firm for Leading Technology Companies" by American Lawyer Media. He is the author of The Genie in the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing Is Revolutionizing Law and Business, which explores the impact of invention automation technology on high-tech companies and patent law. Plotkin received his undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his law degree from the Boston University School of Law and currently teaches a course entitled Software and the Law.

Reviews and Awards

"...a must-have series for researching and building discussions around the impact of computer technology...an excellent addition for library collections."

Library Media Connection

"...an ideal starting place for research papers and debates...[an] impressive volume."


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