Ethics in Action According to the information technology magazine, Baseline, corporations and financial institutions lose about $48 billion dollars a year due to identity theft. (Cybercrime: Expansive and Expensive, 2005) About 27.3 million Americans have been victims of identity theft in the last five years, including nearly 10 million in 2004. (Cybercrime: Expansive and Expensive, 2005) Due to the incredible amount of time and money that is lost through identity theft and various other hacking activities, hacking is not an ethical activity. Some colleges teach virus writing in order to prepare students to work as an antivirus professional. While this might be a good way to learn how to combat viruses, it is unnecessary, as most antivirus professionals were never virus writers. Also, no matter what precautions that are taken in the classroom to prevent students from using these viruses, it is possible for them to take that information and skills and use them in an unethical way outside of the classroom. Even while hacking ethically, the law is still being broken. For example, if a hacker notices that someone is the victim of a bot and notifies them, no law is broken. However, if the hacker takes control of the bot and cleans it, even though he or she is doing someone a favor, it is less ethical due to the unauthorized access to the other person’s computer and the possible risk of damage to that computer. (Brodkin, 2009) Some hackers justify their hacking by exposing security flaws in operating systems and application software. The benefit to this does not justify the time and money spent to clean up after these attacks. (Standler, 2002) If a security flaw is identified, it is much easier and more ethical to notify the manufacturer of the flaw rather than repeatedly attacking their system. (Standler, 2002) Further, computer worms and viruses have been around for a long time. Even though the public is widely aware of their existence and possible effects, older viruses and
decision-making but not in a judgmental or biased manner. Corey et al. define nonmaleficence “ as means of avoiding doing harm, which includes refraining from actions that risk hurting clients” (Corey, p. 20, 2011). In this specific situation, it would be harmful to impose my beliefs or demean the client in any way by judging her actions or thought process regarding the divorce. It is beneficence that should be practiced with our clients in order to protect them, respect them and advocate for their…
Debate 3 Affirmative Action Programs
Affirmative action is a federal program that began in 1964 as a plan to “equalize the educational, employment and contracting opportunities for minorities and women”. Since the beginning of “Affirmative Action” programs many have argued over the fairness and the unfairness of such programs. In debate 3 Carl Cohen argues that “affirmative action programs are unfair discrimination while Luke Charles Harris believes that affirmative action programs are a necessary…
Social, Legal and Ethical Issues
What is Ethics?
What is the origin of ethics? What are the different approaches and teachings of ethical reasoning? How are these approaches used to make an ethical decision? How are ethics relevant to both an individual and a corporation?
The origin of the term ‘ethic’ has been around for centuries. The word ‘ethics’ is from the Greek word ‘ethos’ which is translated to equate to English as ‘character’ or ‘custom’. Furthermore…
September 22, 2014
There are quite a few similarities and differences between virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics when it comes to ethics and morality. It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between each realm of ethics in everyday decisions. Ethics are a set of “rules of behavior based on ideas about what is good and bad. “ (Hacker, 2014).
Virtue ethics or virtue theory focuses on a person’s character and determines…
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Feb. 22, 2014
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Ethics is the science concerning the right and wrong of human action (Boylan, 2009). As children we are taught by our parents right from wrong, but as adults we have to make decisions to do the right or wrong thing. My personal experience is when I went to Wells Fargo Bank to cash my check. The teller over paid me by fifty dollars. When I realized the teller overpaid me, I return to the bank to…
Virtue Ethics and Ethics of Care
Aristotle and Rita Manning both have different theories when it comes to ethics. Aristotle uses virtue ethics to answer questions about morality whereas Manning uses what is called ethics of caring to do the same thing. Virtue ethics claims people’s actions aim towards the highest good of happiness. From happiness, moral virtue stems from reasons governing the desires of the soul. Manning on the other hand believes that moral actions extend from people…
virtue ethics does not have a problem with right action
My title is rather broad, so I’ll begin by saying that in this paper I am not making claims about every form of virtue ethics. What I say will almost certainly not apply to forms that are pluralist, exemplarist, Kantian. Nietzschean or consequentialist. I am talking about a mainstream theory in virtue ethics, whose most important feature is its rich conception of virtue. Virtue is not merely a disposition to perform certain actions but an…
whether a choice or action is ethical, one often bases it solely on intuition; however, ethics is more than intuition. Ethical reasoning can be viewed from psychological, philosophical and action perspectives (Denhardt, Denhardt and Blanc, 2013). In public administration ethical decisions have real world consequences; therefore, it is not enough to ponder the morality of a decision in merit of being good or bad. As public administrators, we must consider the outcome of our actions when deciding whether…
1. Ethics is the science concerning right or wrong of a human action. It is also the principles, norms and standards of conduct governing an individual or group. Ethics is the code of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The most common way of defining “ethics” norms for conduct that distinguishes between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Ethics in practice that makes sense. Ethics is the branch of study dealing with what is the proper course of action for man. It answers questions…
November 28, 2012
There are three significant approaches in normative ethics such as quality ethics, deontological ethics, and utilitarianism. This paper will evaluate the resemblances and variations between quality concept, utilitarianism, and deontological principles. It will include information of the variations in how each concept details ethics and morality, and it will also discuss an experience to describe the relationship…