Ethics Annotated Bibliography

This information was produced for a group project by students at Lebanon Valley College.

Santa Clara University’s basic overview of all ethical standards ranging anywhere from technology to government.

Includes articles, cases, blogs, and other useful tools covering all categories of ethical issues.

Towards a Sense of Ethics for Technical Communication by Alicia McBride is an article posted in the student journal of technical communication. This article begins with the basic understanding of the relationships that technical communicators develop with their audience and how these relationships might have ethical implications. The information on the link discuss the ethics for different writing roles for E 2.0. Writers as accommodator, writer as an encoder and writer as colleague.

Technical Communication and the World Wide Web by Carol Lipson and Michael Day, discusses strategies for teaching and solving global communication issues affecting writing published across the World Wide Web. Chapter 9, Ethics and Technical Communication in a Digital Age contributed by Laura J. Gurak of the University of Minnesota analyzes the importance of the working technical communicator in making appropriate ethical choices. Overall, the chapter breaks down ethics for technical communicators in the digital age.

  Topics include:

  •  Ethics and Technical Communication
  •  Technical Accuracy: What You Read Is Not Always What You Get
  •  Copyright, Fair Use, Ownership: A Technology of Freedom, A Power Structure of Ownership
  •  International Communication and Culture: Is English The Technical Lingua Franca?
  •  Whistle Blowing: Tell It Like It Is?
  •  E-Mail: What Goes Around, Comes Around
  •  Plagiarism
  •  Ethics in Research
  •  Alternative Models For Ethics and Technical Communication



Technical Communication by Mike Markel makes good reference for students in the learning the process and development in creating documents that will matter when they reach professional lifestyle. On page 36, Markel discusses the principles for ethical communication and their importance. He poses that following the nine principles listed will benefit you in facing ethical challenges in your workplace involving the digital world. The nine principles include:

1) Abide by Relevant Laws

2) Abide by the Appropriate Professional Code of Conduct

3) Take Advantage of Your Employer’s Ethics Resources

4) Tell the Truth

5) Don’t Mislead Your Readers

6) Use Design to Highlight Important Ethical and Legal Information

7) Be Clear

8) Avoid Discriminatory Language

9) Acknowledge Assistance from Others.

Most importantly, the Don’t Mislead Your Readers principle poses the most four common kinds of misleading technical communication concerning ethics.




Putting Ethics in E-Business by Zachary Tobias discusses how the internet has become a part of everyday business for 99% of companies. It also discuss the ethics, such as privacy agreements and personal information that a company may get from a customer.


Internet Ethics by Roger Darlington helps explain the issue of ethics on the internet, and if its even possible to police. He analyzes the different media, issues involved, and includes a Yahoo! case study.

This article is called: “Computer Ethics: Gender Effects and Employee Internet Misuse.