Tomorrow’s ethics and today’s response: An investigation into the ways information systems professionals perceive and address emerging ethical issues

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dc.contributor.author Wakunuma, Kutoma en
dc.contributor.author Stahl, Bernd Carsten, 1968- en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-08T10:29:24Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-08T10:29:24Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03-29
dc.identifier.citation Wakunuma, K. and Stahl, B.C. (2014) Tomorrow's ethics and today's response: An investigation into the ways information systems professionals perceive and address emerging ethical issues. Information Systems Frontiers, 16 (3), pp. 383-397 en
dc.identifier.issn 1387-3326
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/9873
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the question of how foresight and futures research can identify and address ethical issues in the field of Information Systems (IS). Starting from the premise that such IS are part of socio-technical systems, the interaction between technology and human actors raise ethical concerns. Early recognition of these concerns can address ethical issues and improve the use of the technology for a range of social and organisational goals. This paper discusses research conducted in two futures research projects. Both projects investigated emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs) and ethics. The first project established approaches for identifying future technologies and their related ethical concerns. This led to the identification of 11 emerging ICTs and their associated ethical concerns. The second project took these general ethical concerns and focused on their role in IS. Specifically, how IS professionals view future emerging technologies, their associated ethical concerns, and how they think these concerns could be addressed. The key findings are that IS professionals are primarily interested in the job at hand and less so in the ethical concerns that the job might bring; ethics is a concern that is best left for others to deal with. This paper considers the implications of research on ethics in emerging ICTs and draws general conclusions about the relevance of future technologies research in IS. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject Emerging technologies en
dc.subject Ethical issues en
dc.subject IS professionals en
dc.title Tomorrow’s ethics and today’s response: An investigation into the ways information systems professionals perceive and address emerging ethical issues en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10796-014-9490-9
dc.researchgroup Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.funder EU FP7 and CIGREF en
dc.projectid ETICA & IDEGOV en


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