IT and Ethics: Guidance for Professionals

Computing traditionally has been about what could be done, not the ethics of doing something. The unprecedented adoption of Internet technologies worldwide has transitioned computing from an isolated technical activity with few ethical implications to a technology that often raises ethical questions.

Clarity is important on all sides, users, implementers, and operators. Implementations such as Twitter, Google Buzz, and Chatroulette are merely examples. Mundane examples such as remote systems management of desktops and portable devices also raise ethical questions. These are not merely philosophical questions; some of these decisions can have significant impacts and liabilities.

This session will discuss the ethical issues that affect IT, from applications implementation to operations.


Robert Gezelter has over 30 years of experience consulting on Information Technology matters and is a Contributing Editor of the recently released Computer Security Handbook, 5th Edition. In addition to his technical practice, he has been consulted on computer-related issues in civil and criminal litigation by attorneys for over 20 years.

Mr. Gezelter has also spoken and published extensively on operating systems, networks, performance, security, tools, and similar areas. Since 1985, he has spoken worldwide for organizations including ACM, Connect (previously Encompass/DECUS), ISSA, ISACA, and IEEE. He was appointed to the IEEE Computer Society's Distinguished Visitors Program for a three-year term in 2004. He is an EnCase® Certified Examiner (Guidance Software) and holds other industry certifications. Mr. Gezelter holds BA and MS degrees in Computer Science from New York University.

He was also a Contributing Editor to the Computer Security Handbook, 4th Edition (2002), the 3rd Edition (1995), and contributed to the Handbook of Information Security (2005).

Mr. Gezelter is in private practice, with clients ranging from the Fortune 10 to small businesses, both locally and internationally. He maintains his offices in Flushing, New York. He can be contacted via his firm's www site at

Sponsors: Trenton Computer Festival
Venue: College of New Jersey
Ewing Township, New Jersey
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Room SSB-102
Time: 10:15 A.M.
Admission: Registration Required. Event Registration at:
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