Making ethical decisions is, after all, a common task now in the realm of personal technology. It is incredible in only twenty years the impact of ethics concerning technology. Below are just a few ethical situations that can be tied with technology.
Apple does not allow music to be transferred from one IPod to another, but a device called miShare does. I am sure you can remember Napster. There are services out there that allow you to fake which country you are in. Cheating? In today’s world, you can pay for the cheat codes.
Let’s get a little more personal. Wikileaks- a place for whistle-blowers to anonymously post documents revealing injustice and corporate wrong doing. Is it wrong to upload something the may be considered personal? Don’t be surprised when you see a hideous picture of yourself on Friendster, Facebook, or another social networking site. You may never even be aware of it. You ask yourself “what is the ethical responsibility of someone posting photos online that have other people in them?” There are sites such as Bitterwaitress and rottenneighbor.com set up for complaining about people, whether bad tippers or bad neighbors. You are allowed to post video proof of just how crazy your neighbors are. There are programs such as Stealth that will track some ones communication through their mobile device. A company call Mobile Spy will send copies of their call logs and text messages to a web page to be viewed. Spector Pro is for computers. It will expose their e-mails, chats, and web visits. It will also track their activities on sites like Facebook or MySpace.
These are just a few of many types of technology the question today ethics. They both have positives and negatives. We could debate which one weighs more. Either way be curious. Ask questions. Pay attention. Read reviews. More than likely someone else has already made the mistake.