Geography and Computer Ethics: An Eastern European Perspective

Andrzej Kocikowski

Science and Engineering Ethics (1996) 2, 2, pp 201-210


Several context-specific social and political factors in Eastern and Central Europe are described — factors that must be considered while developing strategies to introduce Computer Ethics. Poland is used as a primary example. GNP per capita, the cost of hardware and software, uneven and scant distribution of computing resources, and attitudes toward work and authority are discussed. Such “geographical factors” must be taken into account as the new field of Computer Ethics develops.