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Dr Jean A. Steitz.

There are myriad issues related to ethics, the Internet, and the World Wide Web. Governments, commercial businesses, non-profit organizations, and individual entities all have license to publish websites, and they abound - unregulated. While issues of morality and ethics have been with mankind for centuries, the possibilities that the Internet presents for both positive and negative practices have given us a new word in our lexicon: cyberethics. Cyberethics explores the moral dilemmas that occur as technology penetrates more and more into daily life, impacting us personally, professionally, and socially. A meta-analysis of the research shows that many of the issues can be distilled into four general concerns: privacy, ownership (intellectual property and copyright law), access, and accuracy. In an examination of the impact of computers on democracy and community, this paper reviews the current research on cyberethics, relating it to general theories about morality in our culture.


Dr Jean A. Steitz  (United States)
Professor in Educational Psychology & Research
College of Education
The University of Memphis

Dr Jean A. Steitz, Professor and Program Coordinator, Educational Psychology and Research, The University of Memphis-Tennessee, USA. Her main research and teaching focus is on human development and learning across the lifespan. She has numerous publications in the area of human development and the use of technology in higher education. E-mail:

  • World Wide Web
  • Internet
  • Cyberspace
  • Ethics

(Virtual Presentation, English)