Expanding ethical vistas of IT professionals

Stoodley, Ian, Bruce, Christine, and 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.

Item ID: 55464
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1572-9419
Keywords: information technology; professional ethics; professional formation; HERN
Copyright Information: Copyright © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009
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An earlier edition of this article was presented under the title Opening ethical vistas to IT professionals at ETHICOMP2008, Mantova, Italy.

Funders: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Capacity Building Award
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 03:38
FoR Codes: 10 TECHNOLOGY > 1005 Communications Technologies @ 34%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 33%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl police and research ethics) @ 33%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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