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Ethics on the Internet 1 Introduction As the computer era evolves each day our society is gradually forming into a gigantic chain through the increasing use of the Internet Human beings interact with each other every day by using the Net Just as ethics evolve as human societies grow and change so similar ethical questions are raised during the evolution of this global electronic community How can ethics be defined They are our moral code Ethics describe how we determine what is good and right from what is bad and wrong They are somewhat abstract yet definitely the art of the human race They distinguish us from other creatures in nature As electronic communication becomes essential to the daily lives of more and more people ethical questions take on a practical urgency For sometimes the hacker can kill According to Britains Scotland Yard someone broke into the weather computer network interrupting the weather forecast for the English Channel In this case this unauthorized entry led directly to the loss of a ship at sea John Markoff The New York Times Vol CXLI II page E7 October 241993 Cited on15 2 Foundations This section I will interpret what ethics and the Internet are in detail How does the Internet works And what range of services does it provide 21 Ethics Ethics is the field of study that is concerned with questions of value that is judgments about what human behavior is good or bad Ethical judgments are no different in the area of computing from those in any other area Computers raise problems of privacy ownership theft and power to name but a few Computer ethics can be grounded in one of four basic world-views Deontologism Relativism Consequentialism or Teleology or Categorical or Imperitavism Deontology is the study of rights and duties or responsibilities It establishes what are the fundamental rights of humans and the responsibilities
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