Computers have evolved in our society to a point where almost everything runs off of them and cannot function without them. The days of balancing a checkbook by putting pen to paper have all but passed, today, there’s an app for that. But as times change and as technology advances, the bounds of limitation increases, and consequently people are able to perform much more devious or conversely much more righteous things. Ethics by itself means: a system of moral principles, or “the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.” So by extension we can surmise that computer ethics are the set of principles that we should adhere to when engaging in any computer related activity. For example, we know plagiarism to be morally wrong, we understand internet piracy to be morally wrong (although this is a topic of great debate), and we understand that invasion of one’s privacy through “hacking” or “tunneling” (infiltrating a network to snoop around) is inherently wrong. There are actually a set of principles that are universally recognized called “The 10 Commandments of Computer Ethics”. These commandments, listed below, will be further discussed in the following essay. 1.
Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
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.
Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
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 writing or the system you are designing. 10.
Thou shalt always use a computer in ways that ensure consideration and respect for your fellow...
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