Accountability in a computerized society
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This essay warns of eroding accountability in computerized societies. It argues that assumptions about computing and features of situations in which computers are produced create barriers to accountability. Drawing on philosophical analyses of moral blame and responsibility, four barriers are identified: 1) the problem of many hands, 2) the problem of bugs, 3) blaming the computer, and 4) software ownership without liability. The paper concludes with ideas on how to reverse this trend.
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Science and Engineering Ethics
Volume 2, Issue 1 , pp 25-42
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- computer ethics
- moral responsibility
- standard of care
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- 1. University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, Louis Marx Hall, 08544-1606, Princeton, NJ, USA