Ethical Issues in Business Computing

Langford, Duncan (1997) Ethical Issues in Business Computing. In: Ethics and Information Technology. , Linkoping University, Sweden pp. 225-235. ISBN 91-7219-680-7. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In the development world, virtually all modern business relies heavily upon the use of computers. Nevertheless, despite the overwhelming commercial advantages carried by use of modern computer systems, their power and distance from common human experience also potentially carry considerable associated disadvantages. Such disadvantages are particularly relevant to the development and maintenance of appropriate business behaviour. Analysis and discussion of computer systems use within business has been limited, typically focusing on the advantages provided by specific systems in individual cases. Broader issues have been given less attention, and, in consequence, some essential aspects of business computer use have remained virtually unexplored. For example, it is not unusual for companies in different countries - or even different locations within the same country - to consider totally dissimilar models of behaviour are appropriate. Perhaps partly for this reason, many businesses have failed to make any formal determination of how their company systems should be used. This Paper discusses the need for responsible business to be aware not only of the ways in which computers and computer systems may be used for company advantage, but of their potential for misuse. After examination of the issues, it concludes by suggesting some appropriate 'ground rules' for the employment of today's business computer systems.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Computing Education Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2009 13:20
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2013 15:28
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/21486 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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