Information Management and Ethical Issues in Government

Information Management and Ethical Issues in Government

Bruce Rocheleau (Northern Illinois University, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 38
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-807-9.ch008
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Abstract

There are many ethical and legal issues raised by the growing of electronic informationmanagement and there is a growing literature on the development of “cyber-ethics.”There is consensus among experts that organizations need to be proactive in addressingcyber-ethics. A U.S. Treasury Department study showed that 60% of computer securityfailures come from within the organization (Stone & Henry, 2003). That fact suggests afailure of organizations to instill a sense of ethics in its employees. The turnover rate ofIT professionals has been relatively high compared to other professions and this maymake them more problematic when it comes to ethical issues (Oz, 2001). Oz’s comparativestudy of IT and other professionals found them somewhat less ethical with respect tosoftware piracy and hacking but comparable to other professionals in their attitudestoward privacy. One of the problems is that ethics is not a part of the standard ITcurriculum (Wilder & Soat, 2001), which is one reason that organizations may need toconduct active training about ethics. IT professional societies have codes of ethics suchas that of the Association for Computing Machinery that is available online. However,Linderman and Schiano (2001) argue that IT “is not a profession” because it lacksimportant characteristics of a professional, such as certification standards and “sanc-tions for unprofessional behavior.” They also point out that only 8% of IT professionalsbelong to the ACM.

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Acknowledgment
Chapter 1
Bruce Rocheleau
Information managers need to be aware of the fact that managing IT in the public sectorpresents different challenges than those faced in the private... Sample PDF
Public and Private Information Systems: How Are They Similar? How Are They Different
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Chapter 2
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Experts agree that formal strategic IT plans should not only be done, but they should alsobe revised regularly at least on a yearly basis (Barrett &... Sample PDF
Planning for Information Technology in the Public Sector
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Chapter 3
Bruce Rocheleau
Over the past 15 years, the nature of procurement of information technology hasundergone radical change in government. These changes are due to the... Sample PDF
Procuring Information Technology for Government
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Chapter 4
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Information systems have become an important concern of generalist managers ingovernmental organizations and public managers need to learn how to... Sample PDF
Prescriptions for IT in Government: How Do We Know What Works Best?
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Chapter 5
Electric Government  (pages 128-176)
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Electronic government (e-government) has become a primary focus of informationmanagement for governmental officials as well as IT staff. In this... Sample PDF
Electric Government
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Chapter 6
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The underlying premise of this chapter is that information is power and consequentlyinformation management is inherently political. Information... Sample PDF
Politics, Leadership, and Information Technology
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Chapter 7
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The development of information technology creates many new opportunities for orga-nizations to acquire and disseminate knowledge and skills among... Sample PDF
Information Technology, Training, and Organizational Learning
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Chapter 8
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There are many ethical and legal issues raised by the growing of electronic informationmanagement and there is a growing literature on the... Sample PDF
Information Management and Ethical Issues in Government
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Chapter 9
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It is important to evaluate information technology because if you don’t assess resultsfrom IT, research (e.g., Markus et al., 2000, p. 255) shows... Sample PDF
Evaluation and Information Technology
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Chapter 10
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There are many reasons why today’s computerized information systems can achievemore sharing in government than ever before. Over the last decade, an... Sample PDF
Governments and IT Sharing
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Chapter 11
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Over the past two decades, there has been an unabated demand for more accountabilityfrom public organizations. The term “accountability” is employed... Sample PDF
Information Technology, Accountability, and Information Stewardship
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