This title uses state of the art legal cases, statutory developments, and mass culture references to evaluate and discuss computer ethics in a global setting. It applies ethical principles to the most important substantive legal fields that directly impact contemporary computer professionals: torts, cybercrimes, privacy, contracts, and all four branches of intellectual property. Each chapter illustrates ethical perspectives through the use of key legal decisions and thought-provoking discussion questions. Case studies are based upon legal opinions and regulations from the United States, the European Union, China, and the rest of the world. 

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Higher Education Coursebook
Publication Date: 12/20/2017

Thomas Koenig, Northeastern

Michael L. Rustad, Suffolk University Law School


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"This clearly-written book employs the most recent legal developments in the U.S., the E.U., and China to prepare computer professionals to deal with the numerous moral dilemmas created by rapid advances in information technology. Every chapter systematically compares and contrasts five leading ethical perspectives about information age quandaries, a feature which makes this book uniquely valuable for both students and practitioners." - Robert Granfield, Vice Provost and Professor of Sociology at the Unviersity at Buffalo

"The Internet is a pervasive, and often vexing, feature of modern life, constantly presenting questions to both lawyers and lay persons about how to construct and respond to messages. Koenig and Rustad have fashioned a powerful teaching tool in this area. A particularly notable accomplishment is the way is weds a philosophical basis for computer law to doctrinal details of its practical applications. Both professors and students will find it intellectually challenging and practically useful." - Marshall Shapo, Frederic P. Vose Professor at Northwestern University School of Law

"The pace of technological innovation and the advancements it brings to our lives continues to amaze me. As an attorney primarily representing silicon valley and other technology companies, I see those these advancements also make the corresponding legal issues and implications ever-changing and exponentially more complex. Global Information Technologies; Ethics and the Law is a comprehensive guide and ongoing “handbook” that uses real-world examples to cover the current and wide ranging legal and ethical issues in this complex field. It is a must read for students, scholars, practitioners, and business people looking to understand and learn about the legal and ethical issues in this ever-changing field of law." - Mark Silvern, Law Office of Mark Silvern

Interview with Michael Rustad, National Public Radio (WBUR Boston) November 24, 2017

Opinion Piece: Koenig & Rustad, American Bar Association Blog for Law Students: Blog Entry on Driverless Cars

Opinion Piece, Rustad and Koenig, The Harvard Law Record Cybertorts & the Internet of Things