Computer ethics is quickly evolving into one of the most prevalent topics in today's technologically based society. At any given moment you can get onto a social media site and "post" pictures at your whim. However, when does this ease of use become a threat? For one young man, a recent college grad, a simple picture on Facebook cost him a job at a prestigious law firm. With a quick search on the computer, his possible employers found a picture of him using illegal substances in college and just like that his future dramatically changed for the worse.
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The law firm in question had every right to search the background of the grad they are considering for hire. They are hiring him to represent their business and do not want any liabilities on their hands if they knowingly hire a man with questionable character. That being said, I also think that the young man's friend who worked at the law firm was also in the right when he told him why he did not get hired. His intentions were good in that he wanted his friend to be aware of his mistake so that he may address the problem and not have it happen again.
As for the young man himself, he should immediately address his friend and have all pictures that could harm his future career taken off the internet. He should use this as a learning experience and avoid situations in which there is a camera that could take unflattering pictures of his character or simply avoid the illegal, unflattering behavior in the first place!! Then there would be no problem to address.
Computer Ethics Institute. Web. 27 Sept. 2012.