Ethics in Information Technology

Ethics in Information Technology

 
Businesses have increasingly relied upon networks of computers and the rapid pace of technological presents a challenge in identifying risks and implementing strategies to deal with them. Four ethical topics pertinent to organizations in the IT industry and organizations that make use of IT are: 1) use of nontraditional workers, 2) whistle-blowing, 3) green computing, and 4) ICT code of ethics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the period from 2006 to 2014, networking and data communications positions are forecasted to grow by 50%. In response to the projected shortfall of labor, employers are turning to contingent workers, H-1B workers, and outsourced offshore workers.

Additionally, IT security is of the utmost importance and organizations must safeguard data, protect against malicious acts, and yet balance these issues against other business needs and issues. Systems are becoming more complex, and thus, the number of possible entry points into the system is expanding, increasing the risk of security breaches. One entry point into a system is through coworkers who give out their usernames and passwords and help desk personnel who are under productivity pressure and do not always verify users’ identities.

Discuss an emerging technology you believe has potential for ethical abuse or conflicts. Provide examples.

The following resources are recommended for use in composing an answer for this Discussion Topic:

Module 5: IT Ethical Challenges in the Twenty-First Century contains discussion on malware, biometrics, ubiquitous computing, the digital divide, robotics and artificial intelligence, and technostress.

Business Processes and Information Technology: Appendix 9A – Data Encryption and Public-Key Cryptography
Nets, Webs, and the Information Infrastructure: Net for us (digital divide)
Nets, Webs and the Information Infrastructure: Viruses, Privacy, and Security
Information Technology and Ethics: Computer and Internet Crime
Information Technology and Ethics: Consumer AI which is from the section entitled “The Impact of Information Technology on the Quality of Life”

 

 

 

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Technology has the potential to reduce some of the problems in the world but while at that, the speed with which technology is advancing is worrying. As we continue to celebrate the major breakthroughs in medicine, security, transport and communication that could not have been possible without technology we also need to be aware of the risks information technology exposes us to………………………………..

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