Published on August 11, 2008
Ethics & E-Mail : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Ethics & E-Mail Computer Technology Day 18 Ethics : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Ethics A set of principles of right conduct A theory or a system of moral values The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession Situation 1 : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Situation 1 You are hired to manage the network at a local business. On your first day of work, your boss hands you the latest upgrade for Microsoft Office and asks you to install it on all the computers in the business. When you ask if the business has a site license, your boss says “No, do you have a problem with that?” What should you do? Situation 2 : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Situation 2 You are hired as programmer for a local school district. The Superintendent asks you to write software that will monitor online access and report online activities to the Superintendent. No permission has been given for this access to be monitored and the Superintendent feels that if people don’t know they are being monitored it won’t hurt them. Should you write the program? Issues dealing with Ethics : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Issues dealing with Ethics Software Licenses Copyrights Citing Internet Information Acceptable Use Policies Rights of Privacy, Accuracy, Property, and Accessibility Software Licenses : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Software Licenses A legal contract that defines the ways in which you may use a computer program Copyrights : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Copyrights A form of legal protection that grants certain exclusive rights to the author of a program or the owner of a copyright Provide severe restrictions on Copying Distribution Reselling Citing Internet Information : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Citing Internet Information When using someone else’s information you must give them credit, even if information is obtained from the Internet Internet references should include the following Author’s last name Author’s first name Title of the complete work Version of file number if available Date the document was created Internet address Date you accessed the information (If any information is missing, skip to the next item) Acceptable Use Policies : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Acceptable Use Policies Used to protect a network and the users on that network Guidelines to how a network can and should be used Rights of Privacy, Accuracy, Property, and Accessibility : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Rights of Privacy, Accuracy, Property, and Accessibility There is an astonishing amount of information stored about you in computer databases This information comes from Banks School Records Medical Records Credit Card Companies Phone Companies Driver’s License Bureau Privacy advocates are encouraging lawmakers to restrict the sale and distribution of information about individuals Started in April 2003, doctors, insurance companies and other health groups have to have a patient’s consent before medical information can be disclosed Privacy Issues : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Privacy Issues Do you think that data about you should be distributed without your permission? Why or why not? What are some situations that you know of where your personal information was shared? Catalogs you didn’t request Credit Card Applications sent to your home E-Mail advertisements you receive E-Mail : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 E-Mail When one person sends an electronic message to another person or to a group of people Important E-Mail terms Account – provides the rights to a storage area or mailbox Address – the person to whom a message is sent Attachment – any file that travels with a message Netiquette – customs or guidelines for maintaining civilized communication Guidelines for Good E-mail : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Guidelines for Good E-mail Do not type everything in all capital letters Be concise so your messages will be read and not just discarded Use short paragraphs for easier reading on a monitor Leave a blank line between paragraphs for easier reading on a monitor Proofread and spell-check your e-mail before sending Provide a meaningful subject line that introduces your message Do not send messages out of anger because you can’t retract the message once it is sent Resources : R. Stewart Fayetteville High School 2008-2009 Resources Brown, Gordon W., and Paul A. Sukys. Understanding Personal & Business Law. Misson Hills: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 1998. Mulbery, Keith. "E-mail etiquette requires concise communication." The Daily Herald 17 August 1997: E3. Parsons, June Jamrich, and Dan Oja. Computer Concepts. Boston: Course Technology - Thompson Learning, 2002.