The Importance of Ethics in Current Issues and Trends of Computing: Impacting a Student’s Perspective
Abstract: Over 72% of college students reportedly use the web and technology in their every day life (Anderson, 2001 & Lee, 2009). Over 70% of students in 6th-12th grades reportedly use the web and technology in their every day life (Purcell, et al., 2012). This means that for every day students are roughly spending over half their time using technology. Then when comparing these facts to the fact that technology is developing at an exponential rate, and by year 2020 computation power will be comparable to the human brain (CISCO, 2009), means that technology will expand in the lives of college students faster than rules and regulations can catch up. These statistics highlight the pressing issue of ethics associated with technology and society. The importance of teaching students about ethical and legal issues with technology is one of great importance (EDUCAUSE, 2013), and this is what surrounds the mission of Advanced Ethical and Legal Issues of Computing (CS 345).