Ethics in computer science.
Heron, Michael James
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HERON, M. 2016. Ethics in computer science. In Laplante, P.A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of computer science and technology. 2nd ed. Abingdon: CRC Press.
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.