© 2016

Ethics in Computing

A Concise Module


Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Joseph Migga Kizza
    Pages 1-16
  3. Joseph Migga Kizza
    Pages 17-38
  4. Joseph Migga Kizza
    Pages 39-61
  5. Joseph Migga Kizza
    Pages 63-86
  6. Joseph Migga Kizza
    Pages 113-147
  7. Joseph Migga Kizza
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  8. Joseph Migga Kizza
    Pages 177-194
  9. Joseph Migga Kizza
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 271-276

About this book


Highlighting the important need for a strong ethical framework in our computer, information and engineering science education, this engaging textbook raises thought-provoking questions regarding our rapidly-evolving computing technologies and the ever-changing communication ecosystems with which they are associated.

Ethics in Computing offers a concise introduction to this interdisciplinary topic, distilled from the more expansive Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age (currently in its fifth edition), yet retaining the same focus and flavor.

Topics and features:

  • Introduces the philosophical framework and tools for understanding and analyzing computer ethics in personal, public, and professional spheres
  • Describes the impact of computer technology on issues of security, privacy, and anonymity
  • Examines intellectual property rights in the context of computing, including the risks and liabilities associated with software
  • Discusses such key social issues in computing as the digital divide, employee monitoring in the workplace, and health risks
  • Reviews the history of computer crimes, and the growing threat of cyberbullying
  • Provides coverage of the new frontiers of ethics presented by artificial intelligence, virtualization technologies, virtual reality, and the Internet
  • Considers the social, moral and ethical challenges arising from modern global social network ecosystems, and mobile telecommunication and computing technologies
  • Includes learning objectives, discussion questions and exercises throughout the book

Incorporating the latest curricula requirements for undergraduate courses in computer science, this accessible textbook will serve as an invaluable source of insight for anyone interested in the ethical, social, legal, and security issues surrounding the use of modern computing devices and networks.


Anonymity, Security and Privacy Civil Liberties Cyberbullying and Computer Crime Ethics in Artificial Intelligence Ethics in Mobile Devices Ethics in Social Networks and the Internet Ethics, Morality and Law Intellectual Property Rights Social Issues in Computing Software Risks and Liabilities

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TennesseeChattanoogaUSA

About the authors

Dr. Joseph Migga Kizza is Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and former Director of the Center for Information Security and Assurance, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA. He is also the author of the successful Springer title Guide to Computer Network Security, now into its third edition.

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“The author has admirably succeeded in creating a compact but comprehensive introductory treatise. … Learning objectives are at the beginning of each chapter with scenarios, discussion items, exercises, and references. Additionally, there is a comprehensive index. The book is quite readable, and its portable nature makes it easily carried in a backpack. … any reader will find useful information for his or her self-education.” (Brad Reid, Computing Reviews, January, 2017)

“Kizza (computer science and engineering, Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga) delivers a refined version of an earlier book … and provides a clear overview of the complexities of ethics in the field of computing. … Following each chapter are exercises, references, and recommended further readings. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (J. Swiatek, Choice, Vol. 54 (3), November, 2016)