Social, Ethical And Policy Implications Of Information Technology

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Legal and ethical issues have become a standard part of engineering and business schools' curricula. This has not been the case for computer science or management information systems programs, although there has been increasing emphasis on the social skills of these students. This leaves a frightening void in their professional development. Information systems pose unique social challenges, especially for technical professionals who have been taught to think in terms of logic, structures and flows. Social, Ethical and Policy Implications of Information Technology focuses on the human impact of information systems, including ethical challenges, social implications, legal issues, and unintended costs and consequences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591401681
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. I Global Perspectives on the Information Society 1
Ch. II Digital Divides: Their Social and Ethical Implications 29
Ch. III The Perils of Access and Immediacy: Unintended Consequences of Information Technology 48
Ch. IV What, Me, Worry? The Empowerment of Employees 59
Ch. V Managing Workplace Privacy Responsibly 74
Ch. VI Virtual Harms and Real Responsibility 98
Ch. VII Ethical Challenges for Information Systems Professionals 118
Ch. VIII Living Within Glass Houses: Coping with Organizational Transparency 130
Ch. IX Ethical Challenges of Information Systems: The Carnage of Outsourcing and Other Technology-Enabled Organizational Imperatives 141
Ch. X A Contrarian's View: New Wine in Old Bottles, New Economy and Old Ethics - Can it Work? 159
Ch. XI Liability for System and Data Quality 183
Ch. XII Software Engineering as a Profession: A Moral Case for Licensure 204
Ch. XIII Copyright Law in the Digital Age 223
Ch. XIV "Digital Orphans": Technology's Wayward Children 234
Ch. XV Compliance with Data Management Laws 251
Ch. XVI The Central Problems in Cyber Ethics and How Stories Can Be Used to Address It 274
About the Authors 294
Index 300
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