Ethics of Wireless Access Analytical Essay by Nicky

Ethics of Wireless Access
Analysis of the ethical dilemmas unique to wireless access.
# 128455 | 1,136 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 24, 2010 in Computer and Technology (Networks)

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This paper explores the problem of unauthorized wireless access, and the challenge of restricting wireless access to only those who have paid for it. The paper explains that enforcement is particularly difficult because of the myriad methods of obtaining access, from the relatively simple means of using IP address scanners to the more sophisticated approaches to amplifying free signals. The paper concludes that the ethical dilemma of the installers lies in continually providing service despite knowing the signals can be freely used by anyone; even more troubling is the chance dishonest neighbors can access the PC of the person who is paying for the service.

Ethical and Unethical Use of Wireless Access
Assumptions Regarding Wireless Access

From the Paper:

"Often the ethical dilemma is that the technician knowingly installing an unsecured connection because it is more efficient and takes less time, and in some cases, is seen as retribution to their companies for what they perceive as a lower than industry wage. In general the technicians, even on service calls, appear to be rushed and overbooked for their appointments from personal observation. In addition to the ethics of the Internet provider over-scheduling their technicians also need to be considered in any ethical analysis of this situation. Clearly if ethical use of WiFi networks is to be achieved, more thorough training and evaluation of installers is needed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brian Albright (2003, March). Wireless insecurity. Frontline Solutions, 4(3), 16-19. Retrieved October 31, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 315880611).
  • Stephen J Conroy, Tisha L N Emerson. (2008). Ethical Cycles and Trends: Evidence and Implications. Journal of Business Ethics, 81(4), 905-911. Retrieved November 3, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1518109871).
  • Richard J. Dalton Jr. (10 August). Some Wireless Internet Subscribers Give Service to Neighbors Also. Knight Ridder Tribune Business News,1. Retrieved November 4, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Dateline database. (Document ID: 382700651).
  • Young Yong Kim, San-qi Li. (1999). Performance evaluation of packet data services over cellular voice networks. Wireless Networks, 5(3), 211-219. Retrieved November 4, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 399174691).
  • Laurie Rowell (2006). Wi-Fi and the morality of sharing. NetWorker, 10(2), 11-14. Retrieved November 1, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1062559061).

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