Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Computer Use Guidelines

Responding to Alfred Thompson's Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics:

Leaving aside the questionable wisdom of framing generic advice within a construct specific to a certain religion...

The commandments say, essentially, "don't take or use other people's stuff without permission," which is OK in itself, but the way it is repeated over and over reveals an unhealthy fixation on property rights, to the exclusion of almost all else.

Here's my version:

- don't use computers to hurt people
- respect people's privacy
- don't take or use other people's stuff without permission
- be truthful in your communications
- don't send people unwanted messages
- don't write malicious or destructive code
- be generous and share what you create
- turn off the power when room and computer are not in use


Have I missed any?

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