Essay about Technology and Ethical Changes

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In this paper I will discuss how Information technology has brought about significant societal ethical changes. Users of technology in society and business today need to be increasingly aware of the need for the ethical use of technology. Information technology (IT) users need a code of ethics developed, so that they can navigate through the ethical issues they confront while using information technology. When ethical violations occur, enforcement of the ethical standards is required. With the advancement of online education, there is a need to interpret how a code of ethics would be established within this academic environment. Societal changes caused by information technology The extensive nature that the society has access to IT today…show more content…
On the flip side, a serious threat is posed by the fact that, the efforts required to access and collect large volumes of data, has been eliminated by information technology capabilities (Molnar, Kletke & Chongwatpol, 2008). According to Parker, Swope and Baker, (as cited by Molnar, Kletke, & Chongwatpol, 2008) the lack of face to face interactions while using computers, alters the relationships among people. According to these authors property rights, plagiarism, piracy and privacy have become active issues. Also the benefits of information sharing are often in conflict with attempts to protect the integrity, confidentiality and availability of information. Meanwhile IT is exposed to unethical practices due to absence of far reaching methods of authorization and authentication. Aristotle, Plato and Socrates showed us the necessary elements to make a good life in a healthy enduring society (Brooks, 2010).However when this ancient knowledge is applied to the contemporary world of IT; the emergence of new technologies creates new ethical issues that lead to new ethical dilemmas Brooks (2010) argues. Furthermore, the author states that current trends suggest that the steps that one goes through, to build a solid moral cornerstone are in jeopardy, due to decay in moral values of the youth. Molnar, Kletke and Chongwatpol (2008) cite a 2006 Josephson Institute survey of 36000 high school students, which found that 60% of the students,
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