MGT7019 ASSIGNMENT 5
Dr. JENN. SCOTT
SOCIETAL ETHICAL CHANGES
ETHICAL USAGE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
THE DEVELOPMENT OF ETHICAL CODE OF ETHICS
The problem to be investigated is the ethical use of information technology in a modern society. Historically information technology had limited applications and impacts on society in general. Today, however, this has changed as information technology is a part of nearly every business and personal activity (Brooks, 2010). As a result, there are more opportunities than ever for millions of individuals to engage with information technology in an unethical manner. This is why it is essential for the education systems and businesses to address the ethical concerns of information technology usage and to develop a practical code of ethics to prevent, or at least mitigate ,ethical dilemmas and infractions. In today’s organizations, ethical challenges relate to areas like fraud, right to privacy for consumers, social responsibility, and trade restrictions. For Information Technology (IT) specifically, these can translate to considerations on how technology is used to violate people’s privacy, how automation leads to job reductions, or how management information and its corresponding systems are used and abused for personal gain. I n the last 25 years, we have seen an overwhelming technology infusion affecting business, education, and society. Virtually all areas of our society have been transformed by the usage of technology. The change is important from an ethical perspective in terms of whose Information Technology (IT) workers are today and what their tasks are. In the 1980s, IT workers were mainly limited to technical fields, such as programming, data processing, server administration, and phone services. Today, IT workers...
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