Choose 5 commandments for Computer Ethics from the following and explain each commandment using an example. Thus you need to write 5 different examples total. Your explanation must contain at least 20 words for each commandment. (Even if you choose more than 5, you will not get extra credits. First 5 will be graded.)

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR COMPUTER ETHICS from the Computer Ethics Institute (Rinaldi, 1998).

  • Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
  • Thou shalt not interfere with other people's computer work.
  • Thou shalt not snoop around in other people's files.
  • Thou shalt not use a computer to steal.
  • Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
  • Thou shalt not use or copy software for which you have not paid.
  • Thou shalt not use other people's computer resources without authorization.
  • Thou shalt not appropriate other people's intellectual output.
  • Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you write.
  • Thou shalt use a computer in ways that show consideration and respect.


Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people. -- Using a computer to lower someone's bank account balance without a proper transaction and authorization can harm that person financially. This type of actions should not be allowed.

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