This concept further builds the theory that a business relationship could be motivated by the idea of trust and empowerment. Modernization of technology is a global tool utilized by small and large business’ in effort to further the corporate goal. However, as with any other fundamental tools of the business trade, information technology often requires constant monitoring for ethical and other types of flaws. Luckett (2011) noted that “the introduction of technology is often plagued by problems. Unexpected social changes can sometimes have negative effect on the societies in which technology is introduced” (p. 92).
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In addition to ethically handling, the information users must use the system ethically and the systems must be designed to protect against unethical usage. Computers and information systems are constantly growing changing the face of how we do business and interact in the word. In the early 90’s it was said “In the comparatively short space of forty years, computers have become central to the operations of industrial societies” (Forester, 1994, p. 1). This is noteworthy because in a short time not only have we witnessed the evolution of computers evolved but also the system of ethics and policies that govern their usage. With computers becoming mainstream and access to them growing, new ethical dilemmas arise.
The technological changes witnessed in the field of information technology over the past two decades are nothing short of revolutionary. They have altered the manner in which people learn, travel, work, conduct business and entertain themselves. One evident result of this technological revolution is that it produces new challenges and ethical issues that must be dealt with. Some of these issues concern privacy, security, ownership and piracy. The underlying notion is that ethical complications arise as a result of the conflicts between varying interests (Hongladarom & Ess, 2007).
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With new technological changes, managers are attempting to contend with the ethics of regulating the use of technology. They should realize the new ethical issues, as well as laws that sway how those issues are handled. These are localities of growing anxiety in the workplace, especially with the appearance of the Internet. Computer ethics “is the investigation of the environment and communal impact of computer expertise and the corresponding formulation and justification of principles for the ethical use of such technology. While behaviors have been investigated in terms of their ethicality for centuries, society has argued with the notion of computer ethics for a somewhat short time.
With the growth of information technology use in organization, there is also a parallel growth in some individuals or businesses engagement in some unethical behaviors relating to the use of information technology. That is a good enough reason why it would be vital for education systems and businesses to tackle about the ethical concerns of information technology usage and to come out with code of ethics to restore ethical issues and violations. According to Brooks (2010), there are four major problems which concern the managers of information technology the most. The problems are as following (a) security, (b) privacy, (c) electronic monitoring, and (d) intellectual property of workforces. In this paper, this paper will address these major issues and identify the ethical challenges presented by each issue.
Undoubtedly this has streamlined the way we do business but also bestowed new legislative responsibilities on workers. Under legislation, the data and information held in the workplace must be stored and disseminated correctly and the workplace designed ergonomically. However if technologies continue their rapid advance, challenges will lie ahead to protect ICT workers and the data held by organisations. If the exponential development of ICT continues, as it has in the last decades, many challenges will lie ahead. The advantages it may bring will be mirrored by negative effects on personal and vocational life.
Cyberethics is the guidelines by which information and information systems should be managed. Accuracy, accountability, accessibility, and privacy are the cornerstones by which cyberethics was created. And it is not for lack of trying that these issues have become an afterthought. The main culprit is technology itself. Industries and businesses alike have spent more time and resources implementing methods to store and manipulate information that they've neglected to examine what the information truly is.
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