Book Review: The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics

 Another serious textbook, The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics is an ambitious in-depth look at the dizzying playground where technology meets  human behavior. The book is a compilation of varying professors in philosophy and technology, offering their take on issues such as privacy and anonymity, hacking, and responsibility and risk assessment. 

The editors, Kenneth E. Himma and Herman T. Tavani, explore the relationship between the internet and one’s ability to co-exist with it ethically.  Himma especially has an interesting definition of the term “hacker” and ponders if the concept of trespassing means the same as the  term “digital intrusion.”

The chapter on responsibilities for information on the internet is challenging by questioning who truly owns it. Another chapter explores the issue of Software Development Impact Statements. (SoDIS) It is a fascinating book. For $100 (On sale at Amazon!), you can stretch your mind with all types of scenarios. A great book to pass along to your network staff.

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