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Ethics and Technology: Ethical Issues in an Age of Information and Communication Technology Paperback – June 3, 2003

ISBN-13: 072-3812130344 ISBN-10: 0471249661 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471249661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471249665
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Tavani has identified most, if not all, of the major ethical challenges facing computer and information professionals today and has described, defined and questioned these issues coherently, succinctly, and intelligently."—Elizabeth A. Buchanan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"Iespecially admire the book for its clear, simple writing style, its rhetorical persuasiveness, and its easy-to-follow, logical organization. I am also fond of the 'interdisciplinary' approach the book takes, which will appeal to computer science students, engineering students, IT students, and umanities students alike."—Mark Manion, Drexel University

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"The contents are well-organized and each chapter provides a deep and balanced presentation of the material. it is certainly far broader than the material covered by current texts."—Brian M. O'Connell, Central Connecticut State University

"A good, clear exposition of the issues, and a comprehensive coverage of the important issues. The use of cases is excellent!"—John Weckert, Charles Sturt University, Australia


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Both sides of each issue were debated (even when I didn't even think there *was* another side), but resolution was elusive.
Thomas Duff
Theories of Ethics and "Cyber law" issues are discussed in a rather fun and intuitive examples and history of cyberethics and legal cases from real life.
O. Asghar
His writings and explanations within this textbook provide the reader great understanding for why ethical interpretations of technology are needed.
M. Rosenbaum

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
It seems that every time you turn around, there's some news story in the industry press about the ethics or legality of some aspect of technology. To help myself understand some of the underlying issues a bit better, I decided to read and review Ethics & Technology: Ethical Issues in an Age of Information and Communication Technology (2nd Edition) by Herman T. Tavani. While not the easiest or most riveting read, I did come away with a better appreciation for the field of ethics.

Contents: Introduction To Cyberethics - Concepts, Perspectives, and Methodological Frameworks; Ethical Concepts and Ethical Theories - Establishing and Justifying a Moral System; Critical Thinking Skills and Logical Arguments - Tools for Evaluating Cyberethics Issues; Professional Ethics, Codes of Conducts, and Moral Responsibility; Privacy and Cyberspace; Security in Cyberspace; Cybercrime and Cyberrelated Crimes; Intellectual Property Disputes in Cyberspace; Regulating Commerce and Speech in Cyberspace; Social Inclusion, The Digital Divide, and the Transformation of Work - The Impact for Class, Race, and Gender; Community and Identity in Cyberspace - Ethical Aspects of Virtual-Reality and Artificial-Intelligence Technologies; Pervasive Computing and Converging Technologies - Ethical Aspects of Ambient Intelligence, Bioinformatics, and Nanocomputing; Glossary; Index

Having never taken a class on ethics or critical thinking, I found the first three chapters interesting. Tavani builds the foundation of how to define and describe cyberethics, as well as how to determine and argue the case of what is "moral". These chapters are a concise course on how to build an argument and support it properly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 2, 2011
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Bought this text for a class, it's pretty straightforward, moves at a reasonable pace, and covers all the bases. As far as textbooks go this has been one of the easier reads I've had in engineering school.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Thompson on December 19, 2003
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This book was on the prescribed text list for the masters I am doing (Master of Informaiton Technology) and I must say I was pleasantly surprised to read it. Being a technical (engineer) person, it's a generalized opinion that this group (enclave?) we like mathematics, science and engineering books, but not so called 'arty farty' stuff like philosophy. Speaking for me personally, isn't far from the truth...So I thought...groan, not another one of these idealistic, pointless, ultimately altruistic and futile failures to read. Indeed not! I actually enjoyed reading it! (shock-horror). Tavani uses the ploy of relating his ideas to real-life situations (stalking, cracking, etc). This lends the book a serious air of legitimacy. The ivory tower is nowehere in sight. He doesn't lecture at you like you're a poor, misguided computer geek who could never possibly understand human morals and ethics in a digital world (the point is to help you do that...which Tavani does).

Back to the point: the book builds form the point of view that you have never been exposed to ethics. You get a grounding in ethical theories and then move on to learning how to evaluate ethical issues (kind like logic in mathematics without the symbols). He talks about codes of practice and your moral responsibility as a somebody who works, creates or manages a little corner of cyberspace. It is at this point that the book leaps forward into relevant (if somewhat shallow treatment) of the major issues ike privacy, piracy, crime, security,freedom of speech and equity. These are also posited through scenarios and then the ethics involved are developed through direct discussion of these scenarios. And as I alluded to previously, these give the book an excellent 'hook'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Slobodzian on September 2, 2012
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I am using this text for a graduate and undergraduate course on Ethics and Security. I think it is a very good text for both levels, with a complete treatment of the philosophical and legal underpinnings as well as a review of relevant current events and trends. The publisher provides a pretty good website that includes supplemental materials such as PowerPoint slides and links to online materials.

The book is a little dry, and the supplemental material and slides are also a little dry. Unfortunately, that is common for material dealing with legal and ethical issues, as well as Cyber Security. I don't believe a better book exists for this topic. If it does it will provide the material in a more interesting, dynamic format. I am trying to supplement the material for my class with videos, but I find it difficult myself to make it exciting. So I would reiterate that while this book is not the ideal training instrument, it is as close to the ideal as I have seen and is certainly the most complete and accurate instrument that I am aware of. Thank you Dr. Tavani for your work here!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Burns on May 15, 2011
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if you've been visiting tech blogs/ news sites for the past 5-10 years, and read the discussions you probably aren't missing a whole lot here. General ethics related issues rolled into one book. interesting, but nothing entirely new here other than some perspectives.
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