Ethics for the Information Age (3rd Edition)

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In an era where information technology changes constantly, a thoughtful response to these rapid changes requires a basic understanding of IT history, an awareness of current issues, and a familiarity with ethics. Ethics for the Information Age provides an overview of ethical theories and problems encountered by computer professionals in today’s environment. Catalysts for Change; Introduction to Ethics; Networking; Intellectual Property; Privacy; Computer and Network Security; Computer Reliability; Professional Ethics; Work and Wealth; Plagiarism. For all readers interested in computers and society or computer ethics.

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Ethics for the Information Age

3rd edition

Michael J. Quinn, Seattle University

 

This book offers a balanced, impartial presentation of the ethical and moral controversies surrounding information technology. Topics such as spam, Web censorship, Internet addiction, file sharing, privacy, software failures, whistle-blowing, and the digital divide are explored through multiple ethical theories, encouraging readers to think critically about these issues and to make their own decisions.

 

In addition to coverage of many provocative issues, the Third Edition features news stories and emerging ethical topics from recent years, including social networking, digital rights management, and surveillance by telecommunications companies. Interviews with industry, government, and academic leaders give additional perspectives on these issues to help readers build an informed ethical foundation.

 

"I like the scope and depth of the material in this text. The fair-and-balanced presentation of moral and ethical issues helps students become aware, thinking individuals capable of forming their own assessments and opinions that guide their behavior."

--Diane Cassidy, University of North Carolina -- Charlotte

 

"Of the dozen or so books I've considered using for my computer ethics class, Quinn's is the best-balanced, best-written, most accessible option. Highly recommended."

--Richard Gordon, University of Delaware                                                                                                                       

About the Author:

Michael J. Quinn is the author of the first two editions of Ethics for the Information Age. He is a professor of computer science at Oregon State University where he teaches Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science among other computer science courses. For Fall 2007, he’ll be leaving Oregon State University and taking on the role of Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Seattle University. He did his graduate work at University of Wisconsin–Madison and received his PhD at Washington State University.

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