Unit 22: Vocabulary

Please study the 18 vocabulary terms below. Then press the Mark Complete button to continue.
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commandment
A rule to be observed as strictly.
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"Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people" is the first of the 10 Commandments of Computer Ethics, laid out by the Computer Ethics Institute.
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CEI (Computer Ethics Institute)
A nonprofit research, education, and public policy organization focused on the issues, dilemmas, and challenges of advancing information technology within ethical frameworks.
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The CEI's mission is to facilitate the examination and recognition of ethical issues in the development and use of modern information technologies.
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consent
Permission, agreement.
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I needed written consent from my boss to change the security settings on the server.
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consequences
Results; things that happen as a result of a previous action; usually negative.
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The server admin was unaware of the dire consequences of installing the wrong version of Apache web server.
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copyright infringement
To use somebody's content without proper permission.
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The webmaster committed copyright infringement when he copied an article from another website.
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cracking
Criminal hacking; exploiting security holes to gain unauthorized access to computer systems.
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Ethically speaking, cracking is no different from other forms of illegal trespassing or stealing.
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dependent
Determined or controlled by something else.
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The software utility was dependent on a specific architecture of CPU in order to run at optimal speed.
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encounter
To meet or come across.
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If you meet an alien from another planet it is called a "close encounter of the third kind".
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ethics
A branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality (what is right and wrong).
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As computers become more powerful the need for computer ethics classes is increasing.
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Internet privacy
General techniques and technologies used to protect sensitive data, communications, and preferences.
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The US government routinely tries to expand and restrict Internet privacy laws.
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Norbert Wiener
(1894–1964) mathematician and cybernetics pioneer; considered the forefather of computer ethics.
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The Norbert Wiener Award for Social and Professional Responsibility is awarded annually by CPSR.
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phishing
Obtaining sensitive information through a deceptive email campaign, while pretending to be a trusted person or business.
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The man thought his bank was asking him to change his password, but it was actually a phishing scam trying to trick him into revealing it.
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photoshopping
Digitally transforming or altering a photograph in order to misrepresent the original.
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Magazines routinely photoshop pictures of models in order to remove pimples, moles, and wrinkles
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privacy policy
A statement or a legal document that discloses the ways an organization gathers, uses, and stores the end user's data.
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Every website that collects user information should have their privacy policy posted online.
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reputation
The common opinion about someone or something.
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Being hacked can negatively affect a company's online reputation.
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snoop
To search for private information without permission.
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The IT security officer was caught snooping on an employee's private email account in order to steal her personal bank account number.
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social engineering
A broad term for any online or offline technique that uses deception to trick people into giving out confidential information.
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The hacker used social engineering methods to trick a bank teller into giving out another user's password.
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tedious
Boring, repetitive, slow or long.
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Debugging code can be a tedious process without the correct knowledge and tools.
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