The Ethics of Computing: A Survey of the Computing-Oriented Literature

Date

2016-05

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0360-0300

Volume Title

Publisher

ACM

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Computing technologies and artifacts are increasingly integrated intomost aspects of our professional, social, and private lives. One consequence of this growing ubiquity of computing is that it can have significant ethical implications that computing professionals need to be aware of. The relationship between ethics and computing has long been discussed. However, this is the first comprehensive survey of the mainstream academic literature of the topic. Based on a detailed qualitative analysis of the literature, the article discusses ethical issues, technologies that they are related to, and ethical theories, as well as the methodologies that the literature employs, its academic contribution, and resulting recommendations. The article discusses general trends and argues that the time has come for a transition to responsible research and innovation to ensure that ethical reflection of computing has practical and manifest consequences.

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Keywords

Computer ethics, information ethics, responsible research and innovation

Citation

Stahl, B. C., Timmermans, J., and Mittelstadt, B. D. (2016) The Ethics of Computing: A Survey of the Computing-Oriented Literature. ACM Comput. Surv., 48 (4), article no. 55

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Research Institute

Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)