ITM 102 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Free Moral Agents, Information System, Mobile Device

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Chapter 4: ethical & social issues in information systems. Ethics - principles of right & wrong that individuals, acting as free moral agents, use to make choices to guide their behaviours. Information systems raise new ethical questions because they create opportunities for. Note: social and political institutions cannot respond overnight to these ripples-it may take years to develop etiquette, expectations, laws. Requires an understanding of ethics to make choices in legally grey areas. 5 moral dimensions of the information age: information rights & obligations, property rights & obligations, accountability & control, system quality, quality of life. Combining data from multiple sources to create dossiers of detailed information on individuals. Combining data from multiple sources to find obscure hidden connections that might help identify criminals or terrorists. Responsibility - accepting the potential costs, duties & obligations for decisions. Liability - permits individuals (& firms) to recover damages done to them.

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