The Ethical and Legal Implications of Information Systems

In this chapter, you will learn how the ubiquity of information systems today compels us to act ethically and legally. As you read, consider the sorts of ethical questions that we must ask ourselves now that did not exist before. How does this affect you personally?

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • describe what the term information systems ethics means;
  • explain what a code of ethics is and describe the advantages and disadvantages;
  • define the term intellectual property and explain the protections provided by copyright, patent, and trademark; and
  • describe the challenges that information technology brings to individual privacy.

Source: David Bourgeois,
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