Everybody talks of ethics, but computer ethics is a comparatively new term which is fast becoming widely popular because of the large-scale software piracy spree. In today’s world of hackers and pirates, all of us are somehow involved in the dirty business of software piracy. Computing technologies and artifacts are increasingly integrated into most aspects of our professional, social, and private lives. One consequence of this growing ubiquity of computing is that it can have significant ethical implications that computing professionals need to be aware of. It makes us think about the “relationships among facts, conceptualizations, policies and values with regard to constantly changing computer technology. If you think that ethics are all about living a more moral and principled life, you must practice the same everywhere, even in the computer field, where sooner or later, you would face a dilemma concerning software piracy. When we talk about computer ethics, software piracy reflects in our minds first of all, followed by pornography, spamming, unauthorized access to somebody else’s computer, and hacking. Computer ethics are increasingly becoming important because of the rising number of cyber crime issues, including software piracy, unauthorized access, pornography, spamming, and target marketing, and hacking. The widespread popularity and use of the Internet has given rise to a number of cybercrime issues and concerns about user privacy. Various computing applications are tampered with to invade into other’s privacy. Malware, spyware, freeware, and browser cookie exploits are some of the notorious computing applications that have spurred the deliberate of importance of ethical behavior in technology.

This volume ‘Computer Ethics’ discusses ethical issues, technologies that they are related to, and ethical theories, as well as the methodologies that the literature employs, its academic contribution, and resulting recommendations. It discusses general trends and argues that the time has come for a transition to responsible research and innovation to ensure that ethical reflection of computing has practical and manifest consequences.