Expanding ethical vistas of IT professionals

Stoodley, Ian, Bruce, Christine, & Edwards, Sylvia (2010) Expanding ethical vistas of IT professionals. Information Systems Frontiers, 12(4), pp. 379-387.

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In this paper we argue for an experientially grounded view of IT professionals’ ethical formation and support. We propose that for such formation and support to be effectual, it should challenge professionals’ conceptualisations of their field and of ethics, and it should do so with the aim of changing their experience. To this end, we present a Model of Ethical IT, which is based on an examination of the nature of ethics and on empirical findings concerning IT professionals’ experience of ethics. We argue 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 awareness.

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ID Code: 34245
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Information technology, Professional ethics, Professional formation, HERN
DOI: 10.1007/s10796-009-9207-7
ISSN: 1387-3326
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (100500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
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
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC
Deposited On: 29 Aug 2010 23:51
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:57

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