Ethics of computing

Book chapter

Duquenoy, P. 2005. Ethics of computing. in: Berleur, J. and Avgerou, C. (ed.) Perspectives and policies on ICT in society: An IFIP TC9 (Computers and Society) Handbook Boston International Federation for Information Processing. pp. 159-170
Chapter titleEthics of computing
AuthorsDuquenoy, P.

This paper begins by drawing on early discussions concerning ethical aspects of computer technology and proceeds to use them to highlight different problem areas: technical, application, and environment. We then look at some of the major issues under discussion since these early writings, to show the scope of the problems, as well as their changing nature, as different technologies are introduced.
This background sets the scene for the discussions of moral responsibility, and moral choices referred to above. Some of the technologies that are on the horizon, are discussed showing some correspondence to concerns raised more than 20 years ago.
Finally, the moral points raised are brought together in a set of questions that could provide the basis of moral consideration when designing for the future.

KeywordsComputer ethics; professional responsibility; ethical design; software applications; artificial intelligence
Research GroupAspects of Law and Ethics Related to Technology group
Page range159-170
Book titlePerspectives and policies on ICT in society: An IFIP TC9 (Computers and Society) Handbook
EditorsBerleur, J. and Avgerou, C.
PublisherInternational Federation for Information Processing
Place of publicationBoston
SeriesIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Publication dates
Print09 Jun 2005
Publication process dates
Deposited07 Apr 2010
Output statusPublished
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