When reading Wikipedia’s 1992 Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics you can easily substitute “Internet” for “computer” and it’s amazing what you see…., for example the 1st Commandment “You shall not use the Internet to harm other people.” Here are all Ten Commandments of Internet Ethics (with my minor edits):
- You shall not use the Internet to harm other people.
- You shall not interfere with other people’s Internet work.
- You shall not snoop around in other people’s Internet files.
- You shall not use the Internet to steal.
- You shall not use the Internet to bear false witness.
- You shall not copy or use proprietary software for which you have not paid (without permission).
- You shall not use other people’s Internet resources without authorization or proper compensation.
- You shall not appropriate other people’s intellectual output.
- You shall think about the social consequences of the program you are writing or the system you are designing.
- You shall always use the Internet in ways that ensure consideration and respect for your fellow humans.
For those of us who used the Internet 1992 it’s great to see that the Ethics of the Internet in 1992 (from the Computer Ethics Institute) applies in 2016!