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MS008A - course information

The aim of this course is to make you reflect on social and ethical issues concerning the use of information technology. The overall aim of this course is to increase your awareness of the implications computer technology has on our society. On the course we will discuss the moral and ethical aspects of life in Cyberspace, and topics like copyright, freedom of speech, professional conduct and working environments. You should be able to use pro and con arguments of major issues related to the use of computers and the Internet, and be able to argue orally and in writing.

The students should gain the following:
  • a knowledge of the laws and regulations concerning the use of computers and computer software
  • a knowledge of code of ethics and professional practice for computer engineers
  • the ability to argue orally and in writing for pros and cons of ethical issues concerning the use of computers and computer systems.

Recommended literature:
Baase, S., 2003. "A Gift of Fire. Second edition". Prentice hall. Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. pp 464. ISBN 0-13-008215-5.
Michael J. Quinn, Ethics for the Information Age. Addison Wesley.
Bygrave, L.A., 2002. "Data Protection Law. Approaching It's Rationale, Logic and Limits". Kluwer Law International, London. pp. 427. ISBN 90-411-9870-9.
Bing, J., 2003. "DVD-dommen." Lov & Data, Nr. 73, Mars 2003. (In Norwegian).
Spinello, R.A., 2003. "Readings in CyberEthics." Jones and Bartlett Computer Science. Massachusetts.
Schneier, B. 2000. "Secrets and Lies." John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York. pp. 412. ISBN 0-471-25311-1.