Ethics And Modern Technology

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As technology becomes increasingly available in today’s society, so too are technological users, digitally stored information as well as computer programmers. The more one knows about technology, they more they are can take advantage of its efficiency as well as suffer some of its draw backs or manipulate technology to their own advantage. The invention of the computer brought about a whole new way to transmit and store information. It is still so new, in fact, that users are still muddled about the ethics behind the use of technology. Richard Spinello, author of CyberEthics: Morality and Law in Cyberspace, introduces some varying ideas of ethics and applies them to modern technology. In particular, several ethic models that he uses will be discussed in the following paragraph. Each model will be used and explained in different scenarios from the article “How Men and Women View Ethics,” by Jennifer Kreie and Timothy Paul Cronan. The models used in each example are meant to give the greatest possibly outcome for all parties involved in the scenario, which in turn supplies an answer to the ever increasing questions of ethics behind technology. Scenario 1 The first scenario describes a programmer who modifies his bank account to hide an overdraft fee and then later correcting the modification after making a deposit.1 According to the study in the article, well over half the men and women said the act was unacceptable a good portion of them citing of them citing legal environment as a major factor in their decision1. If a customer modifies their bank account without the consent of the bank, they would be violating the written policy set forth between the customer and the bank thus suffering the legal consequences. Adhering to any sort of contract is part of what Spinello describes as a contract rights-based model.2 Anyone that violates the contract signed by the user themselves is subject to the penalties set by the bank and the government. The bank initially established these rules so that no one is able to give themselves more money, since it would either take money from other accounts or it would transfer money that did not exist which theoretically puts the bank in debt. Looking back at the scenario, it is the programmer’s fault for overdrawing his account and thus should pay the overdraft fee, doing otherwise is morally wrong and getting away with it would encourage others to do the same.
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