Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

Ethical Problems

Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

Ethical Problems

Article excerpt

An astonishing burgeoning in the use of innumerable technologies and their attendant gadgets, even in third world countries, has created a host of ethical (and legal) problems that are increasing in frequency and detrimental consequences. Inappropriate pornography; identity theft; financial scams; loss of digital storage media containing sensitive data; plagiarism; downloading, sharing, reproducing, and selling of text, music, and film under copyright protection; and other blunders haunt our data-rich but irresponsible society. The extraordinary technological fixes that we create, purchase, and install break down because hackers and crackers are always able to discover a weakness in the system. We have failed miserably to inculcate apposite values through pedagogical programs in primary and secondary schools. And our sometimes draconian laws and their attendant punishments do not deter those determined to get something for nothing or to maliciously harm for pleasure.

Ethical sensitization generally has resulted in societal changes, new attitudes, and a refusal to condone activities (such as conflicts of interest among pharmaceutical researchers) that in the past were considered acceptable. …

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