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Moor Food for Thought: 5 Key Issues in Computer Ethics

Conference PaperInvited Symposium
Erica L. Neely
Presented at the International Association for Computing and Philosophy Annual Meeting
Publication year: 2013

Abstract: Almost thirty years ago, James Moor’s paper “What is Computer Ethics?” was published, arguing for the special status of computer ethics.  As part of an invited symposium celebrating his work, I reflect on the issues Moor raises before turning to the five overarching areas I see as most important in computer ethics today: privacy, identity, trust, responsibility, and access.  Within each of these broad areas I consider a number of related philosophical questions which have either arisen or become more pressing with advances in technology.  While Moor argued for the special status of computer ethics thirty years ago, I argue that the situation is even more urgent now, with our abilities rapidly outpacing social convention on how to handle relevant ethical dilemmas.