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Chapter 4 Ethical and Social Issues in Information Systems Review Questions 1. In what ways are ethical, social, and political issues connected? Give some examples. Figure 4 1 can be used to answer this question. Information technology has raised new possibilities for behavior for which laws and rules of acceptable conduct have not yet been developed. The introduction of new information technology has a ripple effect, raising new ethical, social, and political issues that must be dealt with on the individual, social, and political levels. Ethical, social, and political issues are closely related. Ethical issues confront individuals who must choose a course of action, often in a situation in which two or more ethical principles are in conflict (a dilemma). Social issues spring from ethical issues as societies develop expectations in individuals about he correct course of action. Political issues spring from social conflict and are mainly concerned with using laws that prescribe behavior to create situations in which individuals behave correctly. In giving examples, students can identify issues surrounding the five moral dimensions of the information age. These include: information rights and obligations, property rights and obligations, accountability and control, system quality, and quality of life. 2. What are the key technological trends that heighten ethical concerns?
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Table 4 2 summarizes the four key technological trends responsible for heightening ethical concerns. These trends include: Computing power doubles every 18 months Data storage costs rapidly declining Data analysis advances Networking advances and the Internet Increasing computer power, storage, and networking capabilities including the Internet can expand the reach of individual and organizational actions and magnify their impacts. The ease and anonymity with which information can be communicated, copied, and manipulated in online environments are challenging traditional rules of right and wrong behavior. 3. What are the differences between responsibility, accountability, and liability? Responsibility is a key element of ethical actions. Responsibility means that you accept the potential costs, duties, and obligations for the decisions you make. Accountability is a feature of systems and social institutions. It means that
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2009 for the course CSIS 2500 taught by Professor Parvaz during the Spring '08 term at Langara.

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