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REVIEW: "Computer Ethics", Deborah Johnson

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Han
    BKCMPETH.RVW 20080922 Computer Ethics , Deborah Johnson, 2001, 0-13-083699-0 %A Deborah Johnson %C 113 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 %D
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      BKCMPETH.RVW 20080922

      "Computer Ethics", Deborah Johnson, 2001, 0-13-083699-0
      %A Deborah Johnson
      %C 113 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
      %D 2001
      %G 0-13-083699-0
      %I Prentice Hall
      %O (515) 284-6751 FAX (515) 284-2607
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0130836990/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0130836990/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience n+ Tech 1 Writing 3 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 240 p.
      %T "Computer Ethics, Third Edition"

      Unlike the famous quote about life in the state of nature being nasty,
      dull, brutish and short, Johnson's examination of the state of ethics
      in computing is readable, interesting, discerning--and short.

      The usual treatment of ethics is done as proof by exhaustion. In
      opposition, Johnson does a complete and reasonable job. Without
      recourse to mounds of collected work (of dubious merit), the major
      points of professionalism, property rights, privacy, crime, and
      responsibility are addressed. Even in this brief space, ethics are
      studied more rigorously than in more weighty tomes. Not content with
      the usual reliance on relativism and utilitarianism, Johnson points
      out the flaws in each.

      "Complete" is, I suppose, an overstatement. Although it is difficult
      to imagine a scenario that the book does not touch upon at some point,
      and even though Johnson continues to expand the text as the online
      world expands, ultimately this volume is a good primer and discussion
      starter. While possibly the definitive work in the field to date, it
      does not, in the final analysis, get us much closer to a computer

      Highly recommended. Tavani's "Ethics and Technology" (cf.
      BKETHTCH.RVW) is practical and a good structural examination, but
      Johnson is the classic, as the oldest and most complete work in the
      fewest words, and should be required reading for all computer science
      students. Exposure wouldn't hurt any number of professionals and
      executives, either.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1994, 2008 BKCMPETH.RVW 20080922

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