IS IT MEANINGFUL TO TEACH COMPUTER ETHICS?

A. Guedes, N. André, M. Silva

Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Lamego (PORTUGAL)
The importance of computers in society is such obvious that it seems irrelevant to focus on its importance. Important is to warn against the consequences never expected caused by the use of these machines and by the activities they can perform.

The Information Society, strongly marked by the presence of revolutionary machines, changed the way we are educated, the way we communicate, work and even the way we entertain.

As a rule, we focus on what the positive these technologies bring to our lives and easily overlook or simply ignore the negative effects of its use or misuse. This happened with the introduction of computers. Undoubtedly they have changed the society in all quadrants and rose with that, questions of right and wrong, good and bad. It was around these concepts (right / wrong and good / bad) that many thinkers have taken this field as elected to rethink some issues related to new ethical dilemmas that arose. It was this discussion that sparked our interest for choosing this work and particularly the framing of ethical issues that emerged as a result of the development of computers and computer technologies.

In this paper we will define ethics, computer ethics and analyse if it is meaningful to teach Computer Ethics.