Ethics and Morality Online Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of the ethical issues associated with software development and Internet usage.
# 150614 | 1,809 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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The paper provides several examples of possible ethical statements that might be useful in a variety of IT fields. The paper first discusses the applicability of "First, do no harm" to the software developer and then addresses ethical employer monitoring of employees, issues in setting boundaries between work and home and the security for Internet users that their information will not be sold without their knowledge for marketing purposes.

Software Development: "First, Do No Harm."
Employer/Employee Issues: "Transparency"
IT and Quality of Life: "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors"
Privacy: "Observe a Reasonable Person Standard When Creating Agreements to Release Information"

From the Paper:

"Two of the most famous ethical statements known to humanity are that of "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" and "do unto others as you would have done unto yourself." These two statements are often contrasted with one another. The second statement is usually depicted as compassionate; the first precept is said to be harsh and unyielding. However, in the case of Hammurabi's Code, at the time of its conception this philosophy was considered relatively compassionate. A dictator could not extract a punishment from the convicted individual that was worse than the crime that was committed. And in Hammurabi's day and age, simply having a code of ethics at all, harsh or not, was a step forward from having no rules at all. It limited the ethical abuses that could happen, and set certain minimal standards for rulers and the ruled.
"Likewise, the Confucian precept of "doing unto others," or the Golden Rule, as it is often called, paints a rather deceptive portrait of the holistic ethical code of the philosopher. Confucius delineated an extremely hierarchical schema of reciprocal relationships between unequals, such as rulers and the ruled, parents and children. The ancient Chinese philosopher was no democrat, and did not see people as intrinsically equal. In fact, both of the ancient systems of Hammurabi and Confucius reflect the belief that it is rules that make people good."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Confucianism." From the Columbia Encyclopedia. October 7, 2009.
  • "Matthew 19:16-26." King James Bible. Bible Gateway. October 7, 2009.
  • Johnson, Robert. "Kant's moral philosophy." The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2008. October 7, 2009.
  • "Oliver Wendell Holmes." InfoPlease. October 7, 2009.
  • Pollice, Gary. "Ethics and software development." IBM. May 16, 2006. October 7, 2009 at

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