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Geek Ethicist: YUCK! Maybe Not

“Dear Ethicist– A couple of months ago I was sitting in a waiting room, flipping through magazines when I found an article that said smartphones (and tablets!) have more germs on them than your average toilet: Here! Here!  Here! and Here! Of course, the very next day my co-worker wanted to show me some pictures […]

Geek Ethicist: Love’s Liars Online

“Dear Ethicist– What’s wrong with “sculpting” the truth on online dating sites? Women get breast implants, which is essentially false advertising (or “falsies advertising”) but men fall for that. So what’s the harm in shaving off a few years from your age or adjusting your photo on a dating site? I mean, sometimes no one […]

Geek Ethicist: Friend your Spouse?

“Dear Ethicist– Perhaps this is a question for the Internet Miss Manners, but I have yet to find her. So I’m asking you. Here’s my question: Should spouses be friends on Facebook? In my limited experience, what I’ve seen from the interaction of spouses on Facebook falls into three categories: 1.) The spouses are friends […]

Geek Ethicist: Moral Shortcuts and Property Rights

“Dear Geek Ethicist, Do apps that promote ethical behavior diminish our ability to make just decisions? Signed- Librarian At Large” Dear LAL, Yes.  They do. But no more than any other form of moral shortcut. Rigid, thoughtless adherence to a trendy set of norms of any particular fad is not ethical decision making at all […]

Geek Ethicist: Harm and Fortune

“Dear Ethicist: I was asked a couple of years ago if I could help a company who had some profitable apps for a prominent social network. They needed to bill people for sending presents and wanted to expand the market to teens. I wanted to help but ended up urging the company not to do […]

Geek Ethicist: Apples and Classes

“Dear Ethicist– I have been an enthusiastic Apple customer for over a decade now. I use Apple products in my work and have been very satisfied with their performance, design and corporate responsibility. However, I just saw this article and was very disappointed. After the news about conditions for Apple workers in China, I had started […]

Geek Ethicist

“Dear Ethicist, I have a new business and I need someone to host my website.  A close friend just started a web hosting business and wants me to use her web hosting company.  It would be good advertising for her, but I am not sure her web hosting will meet my needs.  Should I go […]

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