Computer Encryption Software

TitleComputer Encryption Software
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2006
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
KeywordsBribery and Extortion , ELECTRICAL engineering , Legal Issues , professional responsibility , software engineering
AbstractGreg, a recently hired software engineer has designed a piece of encryption software to be used to send emailed documents internally in the company he works for. Upon finishing the software, he hears of the case of an individual in California had made a software program similar to his available overseas, and who was being prosecuted in a federal court for the distribution of algorithms and information which (by law) must remain within the United States for purposes of national security. Later, Greg receives word that the Middle Eastern office of his company have been supplying his software to contractors and clients so they can exchange secure e-mailed documents. Includes technical and ethical questions about the case.
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