TITLE

Four Ethical Issues of the Information Age

AUTHOR(S)
Mason, Richard O.
PUB. DATE
March 1986
SOURCE
MIS Quarterly;Mar86, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on ethical issues related to information age. There are many unique challenges we face in this age of information. They stem from the nature of information itself. Information is the means through which the mind expands and increases its capacity to achieve its goals, often as the result of an input from another mind. Thus, information forms the intellectual capital from which human beings craft their lives and secure dignity. However, the building of intellectual capital is vulnerable in many ways. For example, people's intellectual capital is impaired whenever they lose their personal information without being compensated for it, when they are precluded access to information which is of value to them, when they have revealed information they hold intimate, or when they find out that the information upon which their living depends is in error. The article also says that the social contract among people in the information age must deal with these threats to human dignity.
ACCESSION #
4679471

 

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