Ethical Issues in Information Systems Table of Contents 1. Introduction New Technology And New Ethical Issues 2. Networks Definition of a Network 3. Behavior on the Network New Standards of Conduct Netiquette Acceptable Use Policies Exporting Through the Networks Copyrights 4. Networks Access 5. Networks and Privacy 6. Databases Data Mosaics Data Sharing and Consequences 7. Geographic Information Systems International Data: Taking and Sharing Sources on Databases and GIS (Ethical Issues) Ethical Issues in Information Systems 1. Introduction A New Technology New Ethical Dilemmas New computer technologies for gathering, storing, manipulating, and communicating data are revolutionizing the use and spread of information. Along the way, they are also creating ethical dilemmas. The speed and efficiency of information systems, which include local and global networks, databases, and programs for processing information, force people to confront entirely new rights and responsibilities in their use of information and to reconsider standards of conduct shaped before the advent of computers.
Information is a source of power and, increasingly, the key to prosperity among those with access to it. Consequently, developments in information systems also involve social and political relationships-- and so make ethical considerations in how information is used all the more important. systems now reach into all levels of government, into the workplace, and into private lives to such an extent they affect that even people without access to these systems in significant ways.
New ethical and legal decisions are necessary to balance the needs and rights of everyone.
Ethics Fill the Gap as Legal Decisions Lag Behind Technology As in other new technological arenas, legal decisions lag behind technical developments. Ethics fill the gap as people negotiate how use of information should proceed. The following notes define the broad ethical issues now being negotiated.
Since laws deciding some aspects of these issues...