Students and faculty of the University of Tokyo should strive to give maximum consideration to basic human rights, including academic freedom, the freedom of thought and conscience, and the freedom of expression, while making use of computers and networks in their work. They should also respect rights to privacy, personal information, copyrights, and rights to intellectual property.
Basic Principles of Information Ethics at the University of Tokyo
The purpose of these rules is to promote the efficient and appropriate employment of university computing resources, thus enhancing the environment for education and research. To this end, it provides a set of rules relating to the use of computer facilities under university management, while giving full recognition to the fundamental principles of human rights, including academic freedom, the freedom of thought and conscience, and the freedom of expression.
Computer resources are undergoing a continuous process of development. Likewise, information ethics is in an evolving state. Rather than being a coercive structure imposed from above, information ethics at the University of Tokyo takes the form of an evolving framework created through spontaneous collaboration among all those concerned with the information environment.
An information ethics framework must be formulated in such a way that it promotes interaction among students and faculty possessing diverse abilities, ideas, interests, methodologies, values and personalities. This is essential if the university's mission and purpose of education and research is to be fulfilled. Information ethics must be founded on the principle of respect for diversity.
Users of computer facilities must discharge their social responsibilities, and act autonomously with an awareness of themselves as individuals possessing the knowledge, capacity and strength of character to enjoy their rights while fulfilling obligations.