The Technological Revolution Has Changed The Access Of Citizens Within A Democracy

1728 WordsJan 16, 20157 Pages
1.0 Introduction The advent of the technological revolution has fundamentally changed the access that citizens within a democracy have to sensitive and private information about governments, organisations, workplaces and fellow citizens. It is incumbent upon individuals to honour the privacy of this information. The protection of sensitive information is considered paramount, yet anyone with information that they feel is in the public interest and is faced with no avenues to make their concerns known is turning to the internet as a ‘platform for the swift dissemination of material and a layer of anonymity’ (Savage 2013) and this new era of what is known as whistleblowing has given rise to cyberethics. According to the Congressional Research Service, whistleblowing is defined as “making a disclosure evidencing illegal or improper government (and corporate) activities” (Whitaker cited in Koh, 2012). The individuals who make these disclosures are termed whistleblowers, and while the information they expose is protected by legislation and codes of conduct, they are usually not afforded the same level of protection, and indeed, are open to prosecution for breaking the law. The purpose of this report is to evaluate whether all citizens in a democracy should be protected from criminalisation for exposing nepotism and corruption. 2.0 Methods As whistleblowing in a cyber context is a new field of study, there is limited quantitative research available. The report will discuss
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