OMIS2000- Chapter Notes

In an ethical political society individuals and

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Unformatted text preview: OMIS 2000 Final Exam Gahtan 10 Information systems raise new ethical questions for both individuals and societies because they create opportunities for intense social change and thus threaten existing distributions of power, money, rights, and obligations Internet and digital firm technologies make it easier then ever to assemble, integrate and distribute information, unleashing new concerns about the appropriate use of customer information, the protection of personal privacy, and the protection of intellectual property. A Model for Thinking about Ethical, Social and Political Issues 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. Social Institutions cannot respond overnight to these ripples – it may take years to develop etiquette, expectations, social responsibility, politically correct attitudes, or approved rules. Political institutions also require time before developing new laws and often require the demonstration of real harm before they act. Five Moral Dimensions of the Information Age 1. Information rights and obligations: what information rights do individuals and organizations possess with respect to themselves? 2. Property rights and obligations: how will traditional intellectual property rights be protected in a digital society in which tracing and accounting for ownership are difficult and ignoring such property rights is so easy? 3. Accountability and Control: who can and will be held accountable and liable for the harm done to individual and collective information and property rights? 4. System Quality: what standards of data and...
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