Week 4 – Discussion 1

As the use of computers and the internet becomes more prevalent, ethical issues related to computer usage will continue to make a larger impact on people’s lives and the way that society functions.  Computer ethics involves the moral principles and behavioral guidelines associated with the way in which individuals, organizations and society as a whole use computers and information technology. Some examples of ethical issues related to computer use include personal information privacy, computer security, identity theft, intellectual property, equal access to information etc.

Find a current news article in the University of Arizona Global Campus Library’s ProQuest US Newsstream database about an ethical issue that involves computer technology, or involves a technology company. The University of Arizona Global Campus Library is accessible through the online classroom via the Library tab. For tips on how to use ProQuest US Newsstream, view this quick guide: INF103 US Newsstream (ProQuest) (Links to an external site.).

Summarize the facts and major points from the article and be sure to identify the ethical issue or issues presented in the article.

Cite your source within the body of your initial post and provide a complete reference for the source, fformatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft Word (Links to an external site.) resource, at the end of your post.

The topic selected for this discussion forum will also be used in accomplishing the Week-4 PowerPoint Assignment, so it is beneficial to review the Week 4 assignment criteria prior to posting a response.

Must only use article attached (150-200 Words)

After your primary post, respond to at least two of your classmates’ (2-3 Sentences)

Post 1


In this age of computer technology, we need to be extra cautious of not just what information we share on the internet, but also how we share it as well. There exist those who wish to take advantage of the unassuming user of a computer, with the aim of stealing their identity and using it for monetary gain. It is said that these days “no communication is momentary.” (Townsend, July 2007) Once something ends up on the internet, there it stays for the long run. The article I chose to focus on was written around the time that smartphones were starting to make their debut, but the info and principles it promotes are no less applicable today. The article highlights two issues: 

1) hackers and the like are opportunistic and will use various means to try and scam innocent users into sharing private info that allows them to steal their identity. They may use many types of spyware including key loggers, phishing, and trojan horses to accomplish this.

2) the freedom and availability of info on the internet call for discretion and wisdom on the part of the potential victim. Again, what ends up on the internet, stays on the internet. 

Protecting against these threats comes down to a handful of simple measures to control access to your private info. It reminds readers to be sure to watch what info they are willing to part with, and who they give it to, taking measures to be safe, including encrypting data when sending emails and getting quality antivirus software installed.

Post 2

Good evening class!

The article that I chose is from the Washington Post and is titled Is It Real or Is It Photoshop? It talks about how editing software can be seen in two different kinds of light.  The first way is simply improving the picture that we take and the other is editing the picture in such a way that it looks nothing like the original.   “But already in the world of professional photography, endless debate on just these things has erupted. There are conference speeches, journal articles, TV talk shows, proposals for a code of ethics or a special symbol that would be included in or next to an altered photo to alert the viewer” (Burgess, J. 1993, Nov 08).

The ethical question behind an edited or photoshopped pictures is that you are not seeing what is truly real.  There are many examples today. When you see a celebrity outside of the professionally edited photographs in magazines, Instagram, and other platforms, they look absolutely nothing like they do in real life. This can give viewers a false sense of reality because “photographs have never been a flawless representation of reality” (Burgess, J. 1993, Nov 08). Everything a consumer sees on a daily basis is perceived to be perfection.  This can also be seen in food advertisement.  That burger, pizza, or steak never looks the way that it did in the picture.  The highly edited photographs get the consumer to want to purchase those items because they look amazing, but that is not always what you get once you see them in person.  Where do we draw the line “in the world of journalism where everything published is expected to be true” (Bowles, M. D. 2013)?

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