Contemporary Issues In Ethics And Information Technology

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Overview

Information technology has produced new ethical challenges and concerns in dealing with issues about privacy, security, piracy and professional ethics. Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology discusses these issues as well as other important ethical issues such as the outsourcing of high-level jobs and the value of IT itself. The main framework for ethical problems used in Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology is derived from the work of the late philosopher John Rawls. Rawls' contribution to ethics was a theory of justice rooted in the social contract theory of the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution. The author's discussion of the value of IT also builds on the views of the philosopher, Martin Heidegger, on modern technology as an independent force in human existence with its own point-of-view. This book provides guidance for IT professionals and users for practical ethical problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591407799
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • Publication date: 11/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. I Ethical issues in information technology 1
Ch. II A background in ethical theory 12
Ch. III The context of IT ethical issues 33
Ch. IV Professional duties 44
Ch. V Justice in a market economy 60
Ch. VI Trust issues in a market economy 77
Ch. VII Offshoring as an ethical issue 89
Ch. VIII Privacy and security 107
Ch. IX Copyright and piracy 119
Ch. X E-problems 133
Ch. XI Valuing information technology 144
Ch. XII The ultimate value of technology 158
Ch. XIII The ultimate value of information technology 180
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    More than the title suggests...

    The title of this book caught my eye due to involvement in the offshoring of IT services projects. I initially focused on the chapters related to offshoring and its ethical implications, and was a little dissapointed that more depth and case studies were not included, and also with the authors US centric point of view. However, the book really starts to shine in the last chapters, where the author clearly understands his material, and doesn't dissapoint by expanding his viewpoint effectively to a consideration of how humanity can effectively manage technology in order to avoid extinction of our species. The very clear language makes the book a must read not only for IT professions with high integrity, but also any clear thinking person who wants a book full of leads and references that will take you in many interesting directions.

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