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By Joseph Migga Kizza

This new version examines the moral, social, and coverage demanding situations stemming from computing and telecommunication know-how, and cellular information-enabling devices. 

Features: establishes a philosophical framework and analytical instruments for discussing ethical theories and difficulties in moral relativism; deals pertinent discussions on privateness, surveillance, worker tracking, biometrics, civil liberties, harassment, the electronic divide, and discrimination; examines the recent moral, cultural and fiscal realities of computing device social networks; experiences problems with estate rights, accountability and responsibility with regards to IT and software program; discusses how virtualization expertise informs moral habit; introduces the frontiers of ethics in VR, AI, and the net; surveys the social, ethical and moral price platforms in cellular telecommunications; explores the evolution of digital crime, community defense, and desktop forensics; presents workouts, goals, and matters for dialogue in each chapter.

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But as small intellectual groups developed like those of clerics, the first requirements of achievements and maintenance of personal criteria started to emerge. This emphasis on intellectual capabilities for membership in a group became increasingly important as time passed. Sizer states that professions in eighteenth-century England were regarded as "occupations for the •gentlemen,' offering a safe social niche but not large material re- J. M. Kizza, Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age © Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998 34 Chapter 3.

5 Articulate and support policies that protect the dignity of users and others affected by a computing system. Designing or implementing systems that deliberately or inadvertently demean individuals or groups is ethicany unacceptable. Computer professionals who are in decision making positions should verify that systems are designed and implemented to protect personal privacy and enhance personal dignity. 6 Create opportunities for members of the organization to learn the principles and limitations of computer systems.

This imperative implies that only the necessary amount of personal information be collected in a system, that retention and disposal periods for that information be clearly defined and enforced, and that personal information gathered for a specific purpose not be used for other purposes without consent of the individual(s). These principles apply to electronic communications, including electronic mail, and prohibit procedures that capture or monitor electronic user data, including messages, without the permission of users or bonafide authorization related to system operation and maintenance.

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