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9IPT: Society? Ethics?

posted Feb 20, 2012, 4:03 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Feb 20, 2012, 4:05 PM ]
Today will be our last lesson providing an overview of the course, after which we'll look at each of the 7 information processes in more detail. 

P.S. Please bring your textbooks for our next lesson (Thursday).
  1. Describe the concept of social and ethical issues.

  2. Outline the following common issues, providing an example of each:
    • Data security
    • Data accuracy
    • Copyright
    • Privacy

  3. Under certain circumstances, each of the following scenarios could be socially and ethically acceptable, and under others they would not. Discuss! 
    • A website collects email addresses and subsequently sends out advertising emails
    • A mail order company sells its customer details to another direct mail company
    • An employee of an energy company views details of her friends' accounts
    • A student downloads information from the internet and uses it as part of an assignment
    • An employee spends at least 8 hours per day at the keyboard
    • An internet user accesses another's personal journal

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