The Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for by Sara Baase

By Sara Baase

A present of fireside: Social, criminal, and moral concerns for Computing know-how, 4e is perfect for classes in machine Ethics and pcs and Society. it's also an invaluable reference for computing device technology execs or a person attracted to studying extra approximately computing know-how and its overarching impact.

Sara Baase explores the social, criminal, philosophical, moral, political, constitutional, and fiscal implications of computing and the controversies they elevate. With a working laptop or computer scientist's point of view, and with historic context for lots of matters, she covers the problems scholars will face either as participants of a technological society and as pros in computer-related fields. a major objective is to enhance computing device pros who comprehend the results of what they bring and the way it matches into society at huge.

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2 Change and Unexpected Developments 11 ial details of people’s lives. 2 certainly have not eliminated them. Overall, to most people, the benefits outweigh the problems, and social networking has become the new way of communicating. In a phenomenon called “crowd funding,” social networks, Twitter, and other platforms make it easy to raise money in small amounts from a large number of people for charities, political causes, artistic projects, and investment in start-up companies. How do social networking sites affect people and relationships?

The rules should clarify our obligations and responsibilities—and our areas of choice and personal preference. We could view ethical rules as fundamental and universal, like laws of science. Or we could view them as rules we make up, like the rules of baseball, to provide a framework in which to interact with other people in a peaceful, productive way. The titles of two books illustrate these different viewpoints. 18 We do not have to decide which view is correct to find good ethical rules. In either case, our tools include reason, introspection, and knowledge of human nature, values, and behavior.

People make decisions about when a product is safe to release. People make decisions about access to and use of personal information. People make laws and set rules and standards. Should you download movies from unauthorized websites? Should you talk on your cellphone while driving on a freeway? Should you hire foreign programmers who work at low salaries? Should you warn potential customers that the smartphone app you sell needs to copy their contact list? Should you fire an employee who is criticizing your business in social media?

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