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By Sara Baase

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In this revision of a best-seller, Baase explores the social, criminal, philosophical, moral, political, constitutional, and monetary implications of computing and the controversies they bring up. With a working laptop or computer scientist's point of view, and with ancient context for lots of matters, she covers the problems readers will face either as contributors of a technological society and as execs in computer-related fields. a first-rate aim is to strengthen computing device execs who comprehend the consequences of what they bring about and the way it suits into society at large. 

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D here. The globailftCh of the Net The ease of communicuion with diS[ant (oumrics has profOund social. economic. and political efi'C"C(s--some beneficial. some not. The Net makes information and opponunities more easily available [0 people isolarcd by geography or by political system. It make~ crime figh(ing and haw enforcement more difficult. ie criminals can steal and disrupt services from outside [he victim's country. 3 An Introduction to Some Issl1('S and Thcmc5 27 restrict what people and husin~s can put on the Web in mher countries because the Web is accessible worldwide.

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Ernieal rules are rules to follow in ow inceracrions with other people and in our actions mal affect other people. Most emical theories attempt to achieve the same goal: to cnhanco human dignity. pca«. happiness. and well-being. Ethical rules apply to all of w and are inc ended (0 achieve good results for people in gmeral. and for situations in general-nol juSl for ourselves. not just for one situation. A set of rules that docs this well respects the fact mat we are each unique ':lInd have our own values and goals.

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