Ethical Concerns in Computer Science Projects

Ethical Concerns in Computer Science Projects

Alistair Irons (Northumbria University, UK) and Roger Boyle (University of Leeds, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-987-8.ch031
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Abstract

Many more computer systems do not work in the way they are intended (Sommerville, 2004; Pressman, 2004). Computer systems are also increasingly vulnerable to misuse (Edgar, 1997; Rowe & Thompson, 1996) and crime (Barrett, 1997; NHTCU, 2003; Casey, 2004). The concerns ascribed to the development of computer systems can also be attributed to the development of computer artifacts in undergraduate and postgraduate projects; poor software practice can often be traced back to the education of the practitioner. The main issue addressed here is the steps academics, computing schools, and departments and universities should take in order to address the potential harm that could result from inappropriate projects, and the potential benefits of introducing an ethical approval phase.

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