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Ethics and Law in the Internet of Things World

The aim of the law is to maintain social order, peace, and justice in society, whereas the aim of ethics is to provide codes of ethics and conduct that help people to decide what is wrong, and how to act and behave. Laws provide a minimum set of standards for obtaining good human behavior. Ethics often provides standards that exceed the legal minimum. Therefore, for the best behavior, both law and ethics should be respected. The Internet of Things (IoT) involves a large number of objects and humans that are connected via the Internet 'anytime’ and 'anyplace’ to provide homogeneous communication and contextual services...

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Birth of Internet Ethics

Communication on the open networks during the first half of the 1980s was more factual than personal. However, the expanding use of electronic mail increased the personal and individual character of this type of communication. Personal and emotional content became more and more common. This increased content interest. Branch organizations formulated ethical principles, and it was created around the balance between market control and legal control...

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Internet Ethics for Social Workers

The nature of ethics on the Internet may be confusing to many social workers because of the unique characteristics of client contact in cyberspace. Social workers are not alone in noting the complexity of online ethics. Computer professionals are equally perplexed by ethical issues. We can find journal articles (i.e., The Journal of Computer Information Systems and SIGUCCS Newsletter) and books (i.e., Case Studies in Information and Computer Ethics) for computer science personnel, which specifically express the difficulties...

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Internet Research Ethics

The development of the Internet and other communications technologies have seen a parallel growth in the development and use of technologically-based research methodologies.1 In particular, the Internet has emerged as a major data resource for research across disciplines, ranging from the social sciences to arts and humanities, medical and biomedical sciences and the natural sciences.

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The Ethics of Internet Research

The ethics, and ethical governance, of online research have been much debated, and a number of professional organizations have promulgated guidelines for researchers considering conducting their research online. This chapter offers an overview of the current position, suggesting relevant considerations in respect of different kinds of project, and highlighting some of the challenges and dilemmas that online researchers face. The chapter is oriented to three principal approaches to gathering Internet-based data: use of online methods to gather data directly from individuals, analyzing online interaction within virtual environments, and large-scale analysis of online domains. Amongst issues covered are those relating to data protection and regulation, data intrusion, and issues raised by norms of privacy and to what extent information on the Internet can be regarded as intentionally 'public’. The discussion is grounded in the ethical regulatory framework developed in offline research, noting commonalities and differences.

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