What are ethics? According to Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary...
"Ethics are the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group."
As computers become more and more ubiquitous (i.e. widespread), it is becoming increasingly important that ethics be applied to computing. This resource is about the ethics of computing.
Defining computer ethics is no easy task and it is impossible to definitively define the term. Luckily for us, there are numerous educators and professionals who realize the need for ethics in computing. And, thanks to the Internet, we have access to their efforts in "defining" just what computer ethics are.
The remainder of this document provides some hyperlinks that I feel can be used as a starting point in our never ending quest to learn, digest and follow the "do's and dont's" of being a reasonable member of today's computing society.
CPSR.org::The 10 Commandments of Computer Ethics"Computer Professionals for Social Responsiblity (CPSR) provides the public and policymakers with realistic assessments of the power, promise, and problems of information technology. CPSR members work to direct public attention to critical choices concerning the applications of information technology and how those choices affect society."
ACM.org::Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct"The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world's oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society. Since 1947 ACM has provided a vital forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and discoveries. Today, ACM serves a membership of more than 80,000 computing professionals in more than 100 countries in all areas of industry, academia, and government."
IEEE.org::Code of Ethics"The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world's largest technical professional society. Founded in 1884 by a handful of practitioners of the new electrical engineering discipline, today's Institute is comprised of more than 320,000 members who conduct and participate in its activities in 152 countries. The men and women of the IEEE are the technical and scientific professionals making the revolutionary engineering advances which are reshaping our world today."
ComputerEthicsInstitute.org::Providing a moral compass for the ocean of information technology"The Computer Ethics Institute (CEI) is a 501(c) 3 research, education and public policy organization focused on the interface of advances in information technologies within ethical frameworks. Its constituency is comprised of professionals from the academic, corporate and public policy, information technology and religious communities. In addition, its constituency is multi-disciplined, multi-cultural, cross-generational and international."