Ethikos Editor’s Weekly Picks: The Ethical Obligation of Cybersecurity


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The ethical obligation of cybersecurity

By Kevin Szczepanski for Buffalo Business First
As lawyers we hold some of our clients’ most sensitive information. A vibrant black market targets it. So law firms face greater security risks than ever before.

Hackers target lawyers because they see us as the “back door” around our clients’ often more stringent security. The FBI has issued alerts to law firms, warning of spear-phishing emails containing malware and schemes in which criminals pretend to be overseas “clients.” An ABA survey reports that nearly 14 percent of responding attorneys had suffered a security breach. The figure rises to 19 percent for firms with 10 to 49 attorneys, which means that every firm, large and small, is vulnerable to cyber risks. Read more

Expert details many cases of corporate misconduct, says he sees ‘severe shortage of ethical leadership’

By Steve Jordon for Omaha World-Herald
Many international businesses and governments are starting to adopt ethical ideals, but the world of commerce is far from a place of integrity, an authority on ethics in business said Wednesday in Omaha.

Bribery and corruption are still commonplace, and the United States is not immune from the temptation of dirty money, Keith Darcy, senior adviser to the Deloitte & Touche accounting firm, told about 120 people at a meeting of the Omaha Business Ethics Alliance, held at the Holland Center. Read more

An ethicist explains his 4 chief concerns about artificial intelligence

By David Hagenbuch for Business Insider
AI works, in part, because complex algorithms adeptly identify, remember, and relate data. Although such machine processing has existed for decades, the difference now is that very powerful computers process terabytes of data and deliver meaningful results in real-time. Moreover, some machines can do what had been the exclusive domain of humans and other intelligent life: Learn on their own.
It’s this automated learning that introduces a critical question: Can machines learn to be moral?

As a researcher schooled in scientific method and an ethicist immersed in moral decision-making, I know it’s challenging for humans to navigate concurrently the two disparate arenas. It’s even harder to envision how computer algorithms can enable machines to act morally. Read more

Big data: How the University of Michigan navigates ethics, unpredictability of data science research

By Alexa St John for The Michigan Daily
In recent years, big data emerged as a powerful tool, spurring the University of Michigan to dedicate an initiative and institute to its study and implementation.

In a statement in 2015, Jack Hu, vice president for research at the University, wrote that big data — exorbitantly large data sets that can be parsed to show trends and associations — was “revolutionizing research in extraordinary range of disciplines.” Read more

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