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Ethics in Information Technology,4th edition


Author: George Reynolds

Publisher: Course Technology


Publish Date: October 28, 2011

ISBN-10: 1111534128

Pages: 528

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

We are excited to publish the fourth edition of Ethics in Information Technology. This new edition builds on the success of the previous editions and meets the need for a resource that helps readers understand many of the legal, ethical, and societal issues associated with information technology. We have responded to the feedback from our previous edition adopters, students, and other reviewers to create an improved text. We think you will be pleased with the results.

Ethics in Information Technology, Fourth Edition, fills a void of practical business information for business managers and IT professionals. The typical introductory information systems book devotes one chapter to ethics and IT, which cannot possibly cover the full scope of ethical issues related to IT. Such limited coverage does not meet the needs of business managers and IT professionals—the people primarily responsible for addressing ethical issues in the workplace. What is missing is an examination of the different ethical situations that arise in IT as well as practical advice for addressing these issues.

Ethics in Information Technology, Fourth Edition, has enough substance for an instructor to use it in a full-semester course in computer ethics. Instructors can also use the book as a reading supplement for such courses as Introduction to Management Information Systems, Principles of Information Technology, Managerial Perspective of Information Technology, Computer Security, E-Commerce, and so on.


Ethics in Information Technology, Fourth Edition, has been updated and revised to incorporate the many new developments and ethical issues that have arisen since the last edition. There is new or expanded coverage of the following topics: computer crime and cyberterrorism, the security risks of cloud computing, the use of computers to improve healthcare delivery, implementation of trustworthy computing, assessing the risks of IT, the pros and cons of protecting government data and documents, the role of the Department of Homeland Security in securing cyberspace, computer forensics, and green computing.

All opening vignettes and two-thirds of the end-of-chapter cases are new. Dozens of new real-world examples are presented in each chapter. At least 50 percent of the “Self- Assessment Questions,” “Discussion Questions,” and “What Would You Do?” exercises are new. Based on reviewer feedback, we have also increased the number of “Discussion Questions” and “What Would You Do?” exercises. Instructors of online courses frequently use these as the basis for discussion forums that allow online students to share a variety of perspectives and experiences and to create a learning community. Such discussions provide students the opportunity to more deeply understand the material while challenging their critical thinking skills. We think you will like these changes and additions.

Preface xv
Chapter 1 An Overview of Ethics 1
Chapter 2 Ethics for IT Workers and IT Users 37
Chapter 3 Computer and Internet Crime 81
Chapter 4 Privacy 133
Chapter 5 Freedom of Expression 193
Chapter 6 Intellectual Property 233
Chapter 7 Software Development 281
Chapter 8 The Impact of Information Technology on Productivity and Quality of Life 315
Chapter 9 Social Networking 353
Chapter 10 Ethics of IT Organizations 387
Appendix A A Brief Introduction to Morality 429
Appendix B Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional
Practice 445
Appendix C Association of Information Technology Professionals
(AITP) Code of Ethics and Standard of Conduct 453
Appendix D Sysadm, Audit, Network, Security (SANS) IT Code of Ethics 457
Appendix E Answers to Self-Assessment Questions 459
Glossary 461
Index 473

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