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Ethical Computing: From Meta Ethics to Data Ethics

Title: Ethical Computing
Subtitle: From Meta Ethics to Data Ethics
Subject Classification: Technology, Data Science 
BIC Classification: TB, GPH
BISAC Classification: COM069000, TEC026000, COM053000
Binding: Hardback, ebook, pp.509
Publication date: 2nd May 2024
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-80441-548-1
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-80441-549-8


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Ethical Computing is a means to an end as well as an end to itself; a problem, and a solution to a problem. It is the application of computer ethics in striving for doing-the-right-thing effectively in cyberspace or an information-intensive and technology-driven environment. The book addresses the realities of using computers while measuring up to the hexa-dimension metric (technically effective, financially viable, legally valid, ethically and socially acceptable and ecologically sustainable) manifested in applications from problem to ethical solution.

This book collects work and research in practise and teaching across decades, covering a multitude of fields including information technology and engineering, computer audit & data governance, law practice and enforcement, and public and business administration.

This is useful reference for researchers, teachers and students in all fields of information technology. It will also be useful for Chief Information Officers and Chief Technology Officers (CIOs and CTOs) and information systems auditors, and specialist IT law practitioners.


Author: Prof Wanbil Lee, DBA, is President of the Computer Ethics Society, and Advisory Board Member of the European Center for eCommerce & Internet Law. He is also Principal of Wanbil & Associates. He taught ethical, social & legal issues for Computing Professionals in Society at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and in eHealth Informatics at the University of Hong Kong.


"This excellent work by Prof Wanbil Lee is particularly pertinent in these days of increasing concern about the safety of our data and the ethical use of such data. We have all seen alarming examples of how data can be breached, hacked, stolen and used for nefarious purposes by individuals, corporations or even countries. It can be extremely damaging to individuals affected and to the corporations whose data is breached. It also touches on the very current area of AI and its influence on all our lives for good or ill, alerting readers to the arrival of a new world that AI makes an important contribution to accelerate.

This book sets out ways to create ethical cyber ecosystems in which we should operate and is the result of years for research and delivery of papers on the subject. A bonus is that, as indicated, the first ten chapters may be used as the basis of a course on techno-ethical issues at senior undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Computer Science and Information Systems or a textbook or source book on ethical, legal and social issues.

Professor Lee’s book covers such a wide range of topics which deal with the ethical use of data and information through to the means of arguing cases against this illegal use of such data and is a timely reminder of our obligations as well as a means of taking legal action against perpetrators of either unethical or illegal activity. It also delves into best practice to avoid making errors which can lead to devastating outcomes and outlines the ethical analytics that include Ethical Matrix and the Hexa-dimension Metric which Prof Lee developed for this purpose.

As a very naive user of technology, I found the contents of this book extremely helpful and yet alarming as I realised how little I know of these activities and yet how careful and vigilant one must be when being asked to provide personal data even in routine, casual situations such as answering phone calls, WhatsApp messages, etc. or obtaining, using or storing data/information belonging to others. As a retired physiotherapist and an almost retired professional fundraiser, I can see application across many fields and not just computer sciences. It is a book which should be read by the many and not just a few academics in the field of computing. I highly recommend this text to anyone with an interest in best practice in the secure set up and use of data."

- Alicia Watson OAM, FFIA, CFRM, What’sOn Consulting, Sydney, Australia

"It would be an understatement to say that the topic of cybersecurity has become mainstream, in part due to the proliferation of stories in the media of personal data leaks by corporations and governments all around the world.

As threat actors who perpetrate an attack are generally unknown or faceless entities, individuals who have lost their data direct their response to the organisations who have been attacked and expect the organisation to take responsibility. A response by the organisation of just hiding behind impersonal legal protections can quickly get out of hand, negatively impacting overnight their reputation built up over many years. So organisations need to ensure that they have an ecosystem to address, understand, communicate, and come up with solutions which protect them in the eyes of their clients whose data has been leaked or at least reduce the fallout to a minimum.

The use of ethics as part of that ecosystem can help to solve these cybersecurity challenges.

Addressing this, Ethical Computing: From Meta Ethics to Data Ethics by Professor Wanbil W. Lee is a compilation of papers that offer ethical ways to create cybersecurity problem management ecosystems. The author provides structures and principles based on ethics which an organization or individual could adopt in deciding what actions to take when presented with a cybersecurity problem. After completing the book, readers will be left with not just a lot to consider, but also a confidence that comes from taking action based on ethics likely tied to the reader's own personal moral code."

- Mr Pierre Herbst, CISA, Hong Kong, previously Head of Internal Audit for Asia Pacific of an international bank. 

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