6. Other ethical issues

There are many situations where you have to consider the 'rights and wrongs' of ICT.

On a personal level, what do you think of these

  • Copying and pasting other people's work as your own
  • Downloading copyrighted music and films
  • Cyber-bullying on social networks
  • Taking mobile video or pictures to embarrass or humiliate someone
  • Using someone else's password
  • Spreading malicious gossip about someone

Technology is perfectly fine, but *how" you use it depends on your sense of right and wrong.

From a wider viewpoint, are the following things ethical?

  • Governments blocking or shutting down the internet
  • Governments blocking search engine queries on certain topics
  • People using social networks to organise demonstrations
  • Using a wiki to leak sensitive information
  • Whistleblowing on your company or colleagues

These are issues to do with 'freedom of speech' and government behaviour and often there are no clear black and white answers.


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