Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics

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Ever heard of the Ten commandments of Computer Ethics?

Firstly, The Computer Ethics Institute(CEI) was one of the first organizations to define a set of ethics for the use of computers. The CEI was developed as a public policy group to help define ethical behavior with the use of technology.

It is the Computer Ethics Institute that provides their Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics as a code of computer ethics. The code is both short and fairly straightforward. Both the name and format are reminiscent of the Ten Commandments of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but there is nothing specifically religious in nature about the Computer Ethics Institute’s Ten Commandments.
The Computer Ethics Institute’s Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics are listed below:

  1. Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
  2. Thou shalt not interfere with other people’s computer work.
  3. Thou shalt not snoop around in other people’s computer files.
  4. Thou shalt not use a computer to steal.
  5. Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
  6. Thou shalt not copy or use proprietary software for which you have not paid.
  7. Thou shalt not use other people’s computer resources without authorization or proper compensation.
  8. Thou shalt not appropriate other people’s intellectual output.
  9. Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you are writing or the system you are designing.
  10. Thou shalt always use a computer in ways that ensure consideration and respect for your fellow humans.

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