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Ethics in computer science.

Heron, Michael James


Michael James Heron


Phillip A. Laplante


Ethics within the field of computer science represents a rich and vibrant topic with almost universal applicability both within and without the profession. In this chapter, the author discusses some of features that combine to give the topic unique nuance: the frictionless nature of data transmission; the ease of automation; the power of privacy and anonymity; and the increasing speed and affordability of computing resources. Regardless of the topicality and reach, it can be difficult to communicate the need for professional understanding of computer ethics. This chapter also discusses how advocates of computer ethics as a ongoing topic for professional development can help contextualise and communicate the need to reflection to others.


HERON, M.J. 2016. Ethics in computer science. In Laplante, P.A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of computer science and technology. Second edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press [online], Available at:

Online Publication Date Dec 21, 2016
Publication Date Dec 21, 2016
Deposit Date Jan 9, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jun 22, 2018
Publisher CRC Press
Edition Second edition
Book Title Encyclopedia of computer science and technology
ISBN 9781482208191
Keywords Ethics; Professional conduct; ACM; BCS; IEEE; Case of the killer robot; Scandal in academia
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