Ethics Online

TitleEthics Online
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsJohnson, DG
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Volume40
Issue1
Pagination60-65
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number00010782
Accession Number12514065
Keywordscomputer , Computer Ethics , COMPUTER science , Data , ethics , Law , Privacy , Privacy and Surveillance
AbstractOnline communication has been evolving and growing at an unprecedented pace, and there is every indication the demand for it will continue. Its evolution, however, has not been without problems and the most disturbing of these involves human behavior. The primary responses to behavioral problems online have so far been legal and technological. As problems have been identified and defined, laws have been extended or created, and law enforcement has entered this new domain. There are new technologies for computer virus detection and for encryption and decryption of information. Individuals communicating in electronic networks have a much broader reach than they do offline. A message sent by one individual can reach vast numbers of individuals around the world and may do so very quickly. A wide variety of forums now exist for informal interaction online-different kinds of bulletin boards, discussion groups, email, role-playing games, and so on. Each offers benefits and creates dangers. Law and technology will never be enough to solve online behavioral problems.
NotesJohnson, Deborah G. 1; Email Address: johnsd@maill.its.rpi.edu; Affiliations: 1: Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; Issue Info: Jan1997, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p60; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER security; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER crimes; Thesaurus Term: DATA protection; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER viruses; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER networks; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER bulletin boards; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: LAW enforcement; NAICS/Industry Codes: 519130 Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals; Number of Pages: 5p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1145/242857.242875
Short TitleEthics Online
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