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TED ALİAĞA COLLEGE / 11-B Concerns of the Contemporary World Zeynep SARIİBRAHİMOĞLU According to the Oxford Dictionary, “Ethics are moral principles that govern a person’s or a group’s behavior.” When we think of ethics, what we actually think about is humanity and our nature, but the future has more than we have ever imagined. Now, our biggest concerns upon ethics are based on highly developed technology. Nowadays, our privacy is not something we can secure by drawing the curtains or locking the doors anymore. As technology develops, it spreads all around. Not only the technology but also the climate is changing due to our actions. As individuals sharing the same world, we are responsible for these changes and therefore we are the ones facing the consequences. “The power of technology has already surpassed the scope of our ethics,” says Gerd Leonhard. We cannot stop technology and expect it not to get involved in our lives. Nevertheless, privacy is a right that we can’t and shouldn’t abandon. Giving up on our privacy means having no private phone calls, photographs or even face to face dialogues since technology is with us all the time. We spend most of our time surrounded by computers, mobile phones, and cameras. On top of that, they are supposed to be for our safety, welfare, and comfort. We make sure to have them with us for work, school, and even for emergency cases. No matter how hard we try, we can never be able to dispose them completely.