Opening ethical vistas to IT professionals

Stoodley, Ian D. & Bruce, Christine S. (2008) Opening ethical vistas to IT professionals. In ETHICOMP : Living, working and learning beyond technology, 24 - 26 September 2008, University of Pavia, Mantua, Italy.

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In this paper we seek to represent the conceptual world of Information Technology professionals with respect to ethics and propose that the most effective means of impacting their practice rests in influencing professionals' conceptual world. As such, we present a Model of Ethical IT and argue, in the light of the educational Variation Theory, that for IT professionals to be enabled to become more ethical in their practice: the purpose of IT must be primarily understood to be user-oriented; the nature of professional ethics must be primarily understood to be other-centred; and the goal of ethics education must be understood as primarily promoting a change in experience, towards others.

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ID Code: 17667
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Computer professional ethics, Information technology, Professional development, Qualitative methodology, Conceptual modelling
ISBN: 978-88-902869-9-5
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics) (220107)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2009 04:10
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:20

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