Netiquette: The written or unwritten rules of etiquette that govern online interaction between users on the Internet. Note: Some typical rules are a ban on profane or offensive language, a requirement to respect other users, and a ban on floods of unsolicited advertisements. (As prepared by ATIS Committee T1A1.)
A Simpler Explanation: Using technology to communicate with others with understanding, respect and courtesy. It applies to personal, professional and educational communications.
Basic Rules: Use appropriate language for the group you’re communicating with, spell and grammar-check your work, don't type messages in all upper-case letters (interpreted as SHOUTING), and don't spam other Internet users.
Computer Ethics: Schoolcraft's computer use policy explains what ethical computer use means on our campus. It is meant to keep users from making mistakes because they just don't know better. Schoolcraft Computer Use Policy.
The rules below are the great-granddaddies of almost all the policies and rules you will encounter when using computers and technology. They were developed by the Computer Ethics Institute in the 1980's, but are still considered the standards for ethical computer use.
Ten Commandments Of Computer Ethics:
Created by the Computer Ethics Institute
The Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics were first presented in Dr. Ramon C. Barquin's paper, "In Pursuit of a 'Ten Commandments' for Computer Ethics."