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Ethical issues arising from use of ICT

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Choose one ethical issue arising from the use of ICT that has been reported in the press in the last one year, and discuss it in depth. Show why or how the technology creates or contributes to the problem. Produce an article, discussing both sides of the issue (pros and cons) drawing on both technical and philosophical literature. In addition, argue for your own view of the matter, giving your reasons for your point of view and showing why you believe that they are better than opposing views.


You will be assessed on your ability to reason, analyze and present cogent argument for the particular case. You should outline the main statement you wish to make about your chosen ethical issue along with your reasons and others’ objections to it. You may use any appropriate technique to set out the basic structure of your article.



1. In the recent years there have been considerable discussions on Internet content regulation. In an examination of this issue, you may like to present a discussion of the pros and cons of censorship in general, and how these general principles apply to the Internet, and also some of the technical issues associated with Internet content regulation. Your main focus statements could be, for example: Internet content ought to be regulated (alternatively, Internet content ought not to be regulated); information wants to be free and Content regulation is just censorship under another name.

2. Privacy is a perennial issue. Hardly a week passes without some report in the press about something that is causing concern, whether it be new data manipulation tools, online social media, search engines, new legislation, or whatever. Your main focus statements could be, for example: privacy on the internet ought to be protected; both government and relevant industry sector should come together to ensure personal privacy on the internet. There are of course many other arguments that could be presented about the issue of privacy.


You are required to submit the following:

• A comprehensive and coherent article containing your critical analysis of the ICT related ethical issue.

Your article should present:

– the main point(s) of the issue.
– the pros and cons for the main point(s) (your reasons and objections as well as those of others) including a critique of the effectiveness of the arguments presented.

– conclusions logically drawn from the analysis presented.
• the ethics technique worksheet you used to form the basis of your analysis.


This assignment relates to the following subject learning outcomes:
– be able to discuss various philosophical theories of ethics and how these relate to the ethical and
legal issues raised by current practices involving ICT;
– be able to apply ethical theories and concepts to analyse ICT related ethical dilemmas;
Depending on the ethical scenario chosen, the assignment also relates to one or more of the following
subject learning outcomes:
– be able to discuss professionalism and professional responsibility in the context of the ICT
– be able to critically analyse and apply the various concepts of professional ethics;
– be able to critique ethical issues related to privacy, intellectual property and regulating the
– be able to analyse and evaluate social and work related ethical issues and principles.

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