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Search the Web If you are interested in ethics conversations regarding technology, visit http://www.ethix.org. Business Ethics and Technology. 8. Chapter Eight Objectives. Identify the role of technology in business Understand the technological environment and its relationship to ethics

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business ethics and technology

Search the Web

If you are interested in ethics conversations regarding technology, visit http://www.ethix.org

Business Ethics and Technology

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chapter eight objectives
Chapter Eight Objectives
  • Identify the role of technology in business
  • Understand the technological environment and its relationship to ethics
  • Identify technological benefits and side effects
  • Realize an appreciation of society’s fascination with technology and its impact
  • Discuss information technology and biotechnology and their ethical implications
characteristics of technology
Characteristics of Technology

Benefits of Technology

  • Increased production of goods and services
  • Reduced labour to produce these goods and services
  • Reduced injuries in the workplace
  • Increased standard of living
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Characteristics of Technology

Side Effects and Challenges of Technology

  • Environmental pollution
  • The depletion of natural resources
  • Technological unemployment
  • Diminished work satisfaction
ethics and technology
Ethics and Technology

Concern over the ethical use and implications of technology:

  • Avoid amoral applications of technology
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Ethics and Technology

Society’s Obsession with Technology

  • Favour the quick fix
  • The fear and worshiping technology
  • Blur the distinction between what is real and fake
  • Accept violence as normal
  • Love technology as a toy
  • Live our lives distanced and distracted
information technology
Information Technology

Two Key Impact Areas of Information Technology

  • Electronic commerce
  • Computer technology
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Information Technology

Issues Concerning Electronic Commerce

  • Scams
  • Invasion of privacy
top 10 online scams
Internet Auction Fraud

Internet Service Provider Scams

Internet Web Site Design/Promotions - Web Cramming

Internet Information and Adult Services - Credit Card Cramming

Multi-level Marketing/Pyramid Scams

Business Opportunities and Work-At-Home Scams

Investment Schemes and Get-Rich-Quick Scams

Travel/Vacation Fraud

Telephone/Pay-Per-Call Solicitation Frauds (including modem dialers and videotext)

Health Care Frauds

Top 10 Online Scams
e commerce privacy issues
E-CommercePrivacy Issues
  • Identity theft
  • Revealing personal information
  • Dispersing personal information
  • Fraudulent websites
  • Government distribution of information
  • Spying – by employer or spouse or stranger
  • Cyberstalkers
e commerce and government protection
E-Commerce and Government Protection
  • The Financial Services Modernization Act
  • FOIP http://foip.gov.ab.ca/
  • Proposed legislation
    • Consumer Online Privacy and Disclosure Act
    • Online Consumer Protection Act
    • Unsolicited Commercial Electronic Mail Act
e commerce and business initiatives
E-Commerce and Business Initiatives
  • Ethical leadership
  • Privacy policies
  • Chief privacy officers
e commerce questionable businesses and practices
E-Commerce: Questionable Businesses and Practices
  • Pornography
  • Gambling
  • Downloading
    • Napster.ca
    • http://www.kent.edu/Administration/is/Illegal-Download-Notice.cfm
  • Monitoring technology
the workplace and computer technology the good news
The Workplace and Computer Technology – The Good News

The Employee’s Impression of Technology

  • Expands job-related knowledge
  • Increases productivity
  • Improves communications with clients
  • Relieves job stress
the workplace computer technology and surveillance the not so good news
The Workplace, Computer Technology and Surveillance The Not-so-good News

Types of Monitoring

- e-mail and Internet usage

- fax usage

- workers via video camera

- cell phone usage

- GPS equipped vehicles

unethical workplace employee activities
Unethical Workplace Employee Activities
  • Engaging in dangerous activities (cell phones & vehicles don’t mix)
  • Blaming errors on technology
  • Copying company software for home use
  • Accessing corporate files without permission
more unethical workplace employee activities
More Unethical Workplace Employee Activities
  • Computer shopping
  • Invading a co-worker’s privacy
  • Visiting porn sites and playing games
  • Seeking employment on company time
biotechnology
Biotechnology
  • Bioethics deals with ethical issues embedded in the use of biotechnology.
  • Proceduralism deals with elaborate protocols to ensure classical ethical dilemmas do not arise, such as informed consent.
biotechnology genetic engineering
BiotechnologyGenetic Engineering
  • Stem cell research
  • Cloning
  • Genetic testing and profiling
biotechnology genetically modified foods
BiotechnologyGenetically Modified Foods
  • Safety issues
  • Labelling issues
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