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Ethical and Social Impact of Information Systems

Ethical and Social Impact of Information Systems

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Ethical and Social Impact of Information Systems
 
Changes in technology often affect society. Technologycan change individuals, jobs, education, governments,and social interactions. As components of society, eachgroup has rights and responsibilities to others, such as aright to privacy and obligations regarding ethics.
Technology’s effect on individuals can be beneficial or detrimental. Often a change in technology helpsoneset of individuals and harms another group. Typicalproblems include loss of privacy, depersonalization,and changing incentives or motivations. Advantagesinclude lower prices and better products and services.
 
Understanding Ethical & Social IssuesRelated To Systems
 
Many of these issues not only touch our society as awhole, but also raise lots of questions for organizations,companies, and the workplace in general. We hear arguments for free speech, personal responsibility,and corporate responsibility. There are discussionsabout the government's role in all this.
How you act, individually and as groups, this grayarea may well define the future of our society.Though that may sound a bit dramatic, you mustunderstand that you are part of the development of "acceptable usage" of this new medium and will helpdefine the direction in which it goes. exaggeration: Youuse the Internet frequently (and be assured thefrequency will increase), therefore you are...!
 
Five Moral Dimensions of theInformation Age
The fig. below shows the relationshipbetween ethical, social, and political issuesin an information society. You could changethis diagram somewhat to avoid theimpression that the five dimensions areseparate.
You'd show significant overlap of each area, andmost of the diagram would be in shades of gray. The five dimensions we'll discuss are:information rights and obligations, propertyrights, accountability and control, system quality,and the quality of life

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