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1 INTRODUCTION Computers are one thing a person must rely on from time to time in a society like ours Even a person who uses computers only for word process and email must know the standards of general computing and along with this point nowadays some of the people claim that using computers caused lots of ethical and social problems However other people argue that those problems were there before the advent of computers and will still be with us in the future In this report the arguments on whether the ethical problems or social problems arising from using computing technology are the result of computing invention or not will be discussed Firstly the definition of computer ethics computer privacy and copyright will be introduced because the main arguments are focused on these three issues And then both sides of arguments will be illustrated and evaluated Finally the conclusions on this argument will be explained Recommendations will be drawn on the based of conclusions 2 DEFINITIONS 21 Computer Ethics Computer ethics is the analysis of the nature and social impact of computer technology and the corresponding formulation and justification of policies for the ethical use of such technology Computer ethics is also a new branch of ethics that is growing and changing rapidly as computer technology also grows and develops The term computer ethics is open to interpretations both broad and narrow On the one hand for example computer ethics might be understood very narrowly as the efforts of professional philosophers to apply traditional ethical theories like utilitarianism Kantianism or virtue ethics to issues regarding the use of computer technology On the other hand it is possible to construe computer ethics in a very broad way to include as well standards of professional practice codes of conduct aspects of computer law public policy corporate ethics--even certain topics in the sociology and psychology of computing Bear G G J 1990 Knowledge of
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