Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology

Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology

Robert A. Schultz (Woodbury University, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: November, 2005|Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 208|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-779-9
ISBN13: 9781591407799|ISBN10: 1591407796|EISBN13: 9781591407812|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781591407805


Information technology has produced new ethical challenges and concerns in dealing with issues about privacy, security, piracy and professional ethics. Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology discusses these issues as well as other important ethical issues such as the outsourcing of high-level jobs and the value of IT itself.

The main framework for ethical problems used in Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology is derived from the work of the late philosopher John Rawls. Rawls' contribution to ethics was a theory of justice rooted in the social contract theory of the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution. The author's discussion of the value of IT also builds on the views of the philosopher, Martin Heidegger, on modern technology as an independent force in human existence with its own point-of-view. This book provides guidance for IT professionals and users for practical ethical problems.

Reviews and Testimonials

schultz provides and insightful perspective on the issues surrounding ethics and information technology, as he presents readers with definitions, context, and current issues facing the field. This well-written book comes complete with endnotes and chapter references. It would make an excellent text for an undergraduate course on ethics and information technology.

– CHOICE, Vol. 43, No. 09 (2006)

...full of realistic ideas about ethics in a corporate and socially-aware context. - Stuart Hannabuss, Aberdeen Business School, UK "...provides a coherent and wide-ranging examination of information ethics that will make the book useful to courses where information ethics are studied and taught as well as to practitioners keen to update their general knowledge of the field."

– Library Review, Vol. 56, No. 2 (2007)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Robert A. Schultz received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University (1971). His dissertation in ethics was under the direction of John Rawls. He was a member of the philosophy faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, and the University of Southern California, and taught courses and published articles and reviews in the fields of ethics, logic, and aesthetics. In 1980 he assumed the position of data processing manager at A-Mark Precious Metals, a Forbes 500 company, then in Beverly Hills, CA. From 1989 through 2007, he was professor and chair of computer information systems and director of academic computing at Woodbury University (Burbank, CA). He regularly taught courses in database applications and design, systems development tools, and the management of information technology. He has numerous publications and presentations in the areas of database design, IT education, and the philosophy of technology. His previous book, Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology, was published by IRM Press (an imprint of IGI Global) in 2006. He retired and was awarded an emeritus professorship at Woodbury University in 2008. He continues to teach and publish in the areas of IT and ethics and taught an online course on this topic in the Applied Information Management Program at the University of Oregon in early 2009.