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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 Not-so-good News

  • 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 Not-so-good News

  • Computer shopping

  • Invading a co-worker’s privacy

  • Visiting porn sites and playing games

  • Seeking employment on company time


Ethics biotechnology
Ethics & Biotechnology Not-so-good News


Biotechnology
Biotechnology Not-so-good News

  • 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
Biotechnology Not-so-good NewsGenetic Engineering

  • Stem cell research

  • Cloning

  • Genetic testing and profiling


Biotechnology genetically modified foods
Biotechnology Not-so-good NewsGenetically Modified Foods

  • Safety issues

  • Labelling issues


Case study toxic tacos p 645
Case Study: Not-so-good NewsToxic Tacos? (p.645)


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