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Ethical responsibility and the management of knowledge

Gammack, J.G. and Goulding, P.R. (1999) Ethical responsibility and the management of knowledge. Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology, 31 (3). pp. 72-77.


In this paper we address the issue of how unconsidered information systems developments contribute to an abuse of human values and potential. Unforeseen uses of data in information systems suggest that the level at which codes of IS ethics are typically detailed is insufficient to ensure real social responsibility. The burgeoning field of knowledge management exemplifies some dangerous directions potential in many contemporary IS developments. We suggest that a conceptualisation of human knowledge embracing non-Western insights, and of the creative role of knowledgeable humans, is required both for IS education and truly ethical practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Information Technology
Publisher: Australian Computer Society
Copyright: © 1999, Australian Computer Society Inc.
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