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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 99-103

Computer Ethics and Cyber Laws to Mental Health Professionals

1 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College & Hospital, Ramanuja Road, Mysore-04, India
2 Dept. of studies in Computer Science, University of Mysore, Manasa Gangotri, Mysore, India

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B N Raveesh
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College & Hospital, Ramanuja Road, Mysore-04
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The explosive growth of computer and communications technology raises new legal and ethical challenges that reflect tensions between individual rights and societal needs. For instance, should cracking into a computer system be viewed as a petty prank, as trespassing, as theft, or as espionage? Should placing copyrighted material onto a public file server be treated as freedom of expression or as theft? Should ordinary communications be encrypted using codes that make it impossible for law-enforcement agencies to perform wiretaps? As we develop shared understandings and norms of behaviour, we are setting standards that will govern the information society for decades to come.



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