How Law and Ethics Cannot Keep Pace with Advancements in Technology

The question of yesterday and has rather become a statement. It is a common belief that technology has gone far beyond the reach of laws and ethics. The Growth of technology in past one decade can be represented by an exponential curve. It evolves faster and grows rapidly which is contrary to laws and ethics. Laws and ethics are old and they barely change which in turn has far-reaching consequences on the conduct of society.

With the mesmerizing growth of technology, we failed to foresee its consequences. The modernity and postmodernity era fulfilled its promises of better technology improving our lives but we did not notice its possible disastrous consequences. The fascinating technology has a downside too.

Following are some examples that support the fact that the laws and ethics need to change and update themselves with even advancing and evolving technology like games and computers  and many others such as;

  • The fact may surprise you but law firms these days are readily moving towards virtual law practices. Cloud computing and encryption technologies have eliminated the jobs of many lawyers. Moreover, law firms that have not updated themselves with technology often lose their position in the competition. E-discoveries have become an integral part of courtrooms determining the outcome of everyday disputes but the issue is that the laws continue to remain outdated.
  • Modern technology makes us familiar with the world but at the same time, it interrupts reality in a harsh way. Technology in form of social media has given easy access to strangers which has increased the crime rate many folds. The term “shamming” came into existence only after the tremendous growth of technology. An ordinary man is capable of shamming a celebrity for his choice of dress or character. People simply stop following their ethics and moral in the disguise of technology.
  • All thanks to social platforms, the personal life of a person has become a public property. Recently, a young mother lost the custody of her child just because her social account had a picture of her that was captioned “Drunken Pirate.” The context of the pictured hardly mattered. It is hard to accept that a single picture can determine the path of one’s life while the law totally ignores the real aspect of evidence or matter upon which the decision should be taken.