Exploring the ethics of computing, focusing on topics like privacy, copyright, society and more.

Computer Misuse Act 1990

The law was enacted to: Illegalize unofficial access to computer systems Dissuade dangerous criminals from using a computer to commit a crime like impairment of access to data saved in the computer. The CMA is comprehensive and all-encompassing which has brought concerns among privacy supporters who believe in defining government impact on daily life and …

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Hacking and Malware

Hacking Hacking is an endeavor to abuse a computer system or a private network in a computer.  It is an illegal access to or control over computer network security systems for some dishonest purpose. Hackers Hackers are intelligent people and highly skilled in computers.  It requires more intelligence and expertise to break a security system …

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Free Software, Freeware, Shareware

Free Software Free software is a software that gives the user freedom to execute, reproduce, distribute, study, modify and enhance the software.  To be specific, free software is a matter of freedom and not of price. It means a user can freely utilize, change and distribute a program restricted to one condition – any redistributed …

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Phishing is used to describe a harmful individual or group of individuals who cheat users by sending emails or creating web pages that are intended to collect an individual’s online bank, credit card or other login information.  The emails and web pages look official that’s why users trust them and input their personal information. Phishing is a form of deception …

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Copyright and Plagiarism

Copyright Infringement Copyright infringement only occurs when the elemental work is copyrighted.  While copyright is automatic, it doesn’t apply to every single thing we make.  There are a number of things that you cannot copyright.  Things like lists, useful items, choreographic works (unless they have been recorded), fashion and ideas. Copyright infringement is a legal …

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Computer Ethics

What are Ethics? Ethics are a structure of standards and practices that influence how people lead their lives.  It is not strictly implemented to follow these ethics, but it is basically for the benefit of everyone that we do. Ethics are unlike laws that legally mandate what is right or wrong.  Ethics illustrate society’s views …

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