1. (5 pts) What are the ethical issues alluded to in this blog?
An academic institution(CMU) has been providing information to the FBI that led to the identification of criminal suspects on the dark web. But the the role that academics are playing in the continued crackdown on dark web crime has been questioned. The academic helped to identify the suspects by attacking the whole system. They may take use of a set of vulnerabilities in the Tor software and set up a number of relays in order to monitor the activity of a Tor user.
CMU has been accused of behaving unethical in the process, because:
1) bunch of innocent users of Tor has been involved, and their privacy ...view middle of the document...
Those who cares individual privacy are against what CMU researchers have done in terms of the Fourth Amendment to our Constitution, which protect Americans from violations to the privacy from law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. While those cares more about public security, especially drug issues and child security are more likely to support the attack behavior conducted by CMU out of the point that some private rights should ceded in exchange of overall wellbeing of the society.
Secondly this issue is distinctly moral issue. That means it concerns more universally obligatory practices.
The conduct of CMU can be regarded as unethical because it violates several principles, which represents a spectrum of traditional normative principles
1) Social benefit: acknowledge the extent to which an action produces beneficial consequences for society.
2) Rights: acknowledge a person's rights to life, information, privacy, free expression, and safety.
The first principles, social benefit, is consequentialist since they appeal to the consequences of an action as it affects the individual or society. Once the attack of CMU is regarded as “okay” or...