Ethical Computing Continues From Problem to Solution

Ethical Computing Continues From Problem to Solution

Wanbil William Lee (The Computer Ethics Society, Hong Kong & Wanbil & Associates, Hong Kong)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7492-7.ch017

Abstract

Ethical computing is instrumental in identifying and reaching a near-ideal solution to the problems arising from an environment that is technology-driven and information-intensive. Many of these problems that could have been avoided occur because we are either insensitive to or ignorant of their ethical implications. As a result, we could reach only a partial, compromised solution at best. An ideal solution is expected to be technically efficient, financially viable, legally admissible, ethically acceptable, socially desirable, and in many situations environmentally friendly (the so-called hexa-dimension criteria), and balanced in terms the six criteria or five criteria (in case the problem does not involve ecological concerns). An exposition of an ideal solution in terms of the requisite competence and the additive is presented.
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Introduction

Ethical Computing (Lee, 2015a) is instrumental in identifying and reaching a near-ideal solution to the problems arising from an environment that is technology-driven information-intensive. These problems raise techno-ethical issues, particularly information security concerns. Post-implementation and post-contract problems are cases in point. Many of these problems could have been avoided, occur; because we are either insensitive to or ignorant of their ethical implications. As a result, we could reach only a partial, compromised solution at best.

Ideally, the solution is not only technically efficient, financially viable and legal admissible, but also ethically acceptable, socially desirable, and in many situations environmental-friendly (the so-called hexa-dimension criteria) (Lee, 2015b & 2015d). In addition, the solutions sought must be capable of balancing the potential inter-conflicts among these demands or satisfying the five or six criteria. Given the conditions, a deep understanding of the basic ethical principles and the requisite technical know-how (the requisite competence) are necessary, and shifting our view on risk culminating in a new type of risk called techno-ethical risk or simply ethical risk and adopting a new tool of analysis to cater for the new risk (the additive) are also required (Lee, 2015c).

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