ISYS104 Tutorial – week 5
1.What ethical, social, and political issues are raised by information systems?
Explain how ethical, social, and political issues are connected and give some
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
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.
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 the 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
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.
Differentiate between responsibility, accountability, and liability.
is a key element of ethical actions.
Responsibility means that you accept
the potential costs, duties, and obligations for the decisions you make.
is a feature of systems and social institutions.
It means that mechanisms
are in place to determine who took responsible, action, who is responsible.
is a feature of political systems in which a body of laws is in place that permits
individuals to recover the damages done to them by other actors, systems, or
2.What specific principles for conduct can be used to guide ethical decisions?
List and describe the five steps in an ethical analysis.
The five steps in ethical analysis include:
Identify and describe clearly the facts.
Define the conflict or dilemma and identify the higher-order values involved.
Identify the stakeholders.
Identify the options that you can reasonably take.
Identify the potential consequences of your options.
Identify and describe six ethical principles.