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Computer and Web Ethics

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With the freedom of the computer has come a multitude of new ethical issues. Computer ethics is a set of moral principles that systematize the use of computers and supervise the behavior of a group or individual. This essay will tell how computer ethics came about. We will discuss the “Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics.” Having the use of a computer for business, academic, or just for social reasons entitles you to know and follow these ethics. Do you apply computer ethics when spending time on the internet? At the end of this essay ask yourself this question again and give an honest answer. If your answer is no then correct the issue and apply them now. Ethics in computing are social-justice issues, commerce, computer abuse, speech issues, intellectual property, basics, privacy, and risks. We will discuss each of these issues in this essay. By the end of this essay you will have the knowledge of computer and web ethics to apply to your daily use of a computer. The Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics were created in 1992 by the Computer Ethics Institute. The commandments were introduced in the paper "In Pursuit of a 'Ten Commandments' for Computer Ethics" by Ramon C. Barquin as a means to create "a set of standards to guide and instruct people in the ethical use of computers (Fitzpatrick, Carolyn Bronstein 2006)." The Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics

1. Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
2. Thou shalt not interfere with other people's computer work. 3. Thou shalt not snoop around in other people's computer files. 4. Thou shalt not use a computer to steal.
5. Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
6. Thou shalt not copy or use proprietary software for which you have not paid. 7. Thou shalt not use other people's computer resources without authorization or proper compensation. 8. Thou shalt not appropriate other people's intellectual output. 9. Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you are...