"It is legal to look in your neighbor's open window but nice people
do not do it. There is no more corrupting idea than the current one
that that which is legal is, ipso facto, ethical."
- Bill Murray, SANS
|The Ethics of the Digital Commons|
At Starfish Systems, we believe that in the age of the digital
commons, issues of ethics and computing are indivisible.
A properly constructed computing infrastructure not only meets the operational requirements of an organization, but allows it to express its mission and values. Conversely, an organization which is unclear about its mission and values may be at a needless disadvantage when it comes to building a sustainable computing environment.
We think about these issues because we know we are part of a community. We want our clients to be successful, not just until the next quarterly report, but sustainably. That, to us, is simply good business. Accordingly, we offer some references to forums and organizations around which the discussion of ethics and computing is taking place. This list is not definitive, and is not intended to be prescriptive, but it can be useful to see what viewpoints are being debated by others. We welcome suggestions for references to be added to the list.
The Internet is for Everyone (RFC 3271) Trusted Computing Creative Commons The Risks Digest Public Patent Foundation The Martus Human Rights Bulletin System Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility SAGE Code of Ethics Golden Rules of Consulting Organization for Internet Safety League for Programming Freedom Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Privacy Information Center Center for Democracy and Technology Canadian Business for Social Responsibility Canadian Public Interest Advocacy Centre Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic Consumer Project on Technology Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy International Association for Cryptologic Research Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute Building a Human Firewall The Ethics of Web Site Engineering Privacy International American Civil Liberties Union UBC Centre for Applied Ethics World of Ends The Long Now Foundation The Cluetrain Manifesto