Four Ethical Issues of the Information Age

Mason, Richard O.
March 1986
MIS Quarterly;Mar86, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p5
Academic Journal
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.


Related Articles

  • CONCEPTUAL GROUNDS FOR INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL MANAGEMENT AT AN ENTERPRISE. Kuzmin, O. Y.; Lipych, O. A. // Actual Problems of Economics / Aktual'ni Problemi Ekonomìki;Nov2011, Vol. 125 Issue 11, p137 

    The article presents the results of the research concerning the development of a concept of the intellectual capital management at an enterprise. Key components of this concept are considered: principles, factors, functions, methods, managerial decisions tasks of the enterprise's intellectual...

  • Knowledge Management Approaches in Portal-Based Collaborative Enterprises. Muntean, Mihaela I. // Informatica Economica;2009, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p32 

    Collaboration involves a different approach to business - focused on managing business relationships between people, within or without groups, and within and between organizations. Collaborative enterprises differ from other business in a number of ways and collaborative working needs to be...

  • TOWARDS A MEASUREMENT SCALE FOR THE VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE OF THE INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL. Dammak, Saida; Triki, Mohamed; Boujelbene, Younes // Journal of Advanced Research in Management;2010, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p30 

    The objective of this paper is twofold. First, we conceptualize the perceived value of intellectual capital disclosure into four components: human capital, relational capital, organizational capital and competitive capital. Second, we develop a scale to measure the value of the intellectual...

  • METHODS AND APPROACHES FOR THE INTELLECTUAL RESOURCES EVALUATION. Lankin, Victor E.; Lankina, Maria J. // International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social ;2014, p325 

    Strategy and tactics of modern Business development is guided, first of all, by the company's intellectual assets development, including their basic component - human resources. Management of enterprise's intellectual assets development demands a quantitative evaluation of these resources...

  • The Fourth Revolution. Levy, Jonathon // T+D;Jun2005, Vol. 59 Issue 6, p64 

    The article discusses the transition from a brain force economy to a economy that gives more leverage to both the knowledge worker and the enterprise. A reliance on brain force is obvious in the increased dependence on knowledge workers for competitive advantage. The amount of information...

  • The Need of Knowledge Management in Organizations. OGUN, Mehmet Nesip // Information World / Bilgi Dunyasi;Apr2011, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p70 

    The need for knowledge is as old as human history and the importance of this need is even more increased in the technology age of today. Anyone, regardless of his or her position, is in desire and in need to get the necessary scope-of-interest knowledge in order to keep up with the change and...

  • Disclosure of Intellectual Capital in Annual Reports: Comparing Evidence from India and Australia. Bhasin, Madan // International Journal of Management & Innovation;2014, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p103 

    At present, disclosure of IC information across the globe is done by very few leading companies, purely on a "voluntary" basis. Unfortunately, the omission of IC information may adversely influence the quality of decisions made by shareholders, or lead to material misstatements. This study...

  • The Intellectual Capital Realization Process (ICRP): An Application of the Resource-based View of the Firm. Herremans, Irene M.; Isaac, Robert G. // Journal of Managerial Issues;Summer2004, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p217 

    The intellectual capital realization process (ICRP) provides managers with a method that permits them to identify intellectual capital (IC) elements of their organizations, classify them, assess their characteristics, and determine specific developmental strategies based upon these...

  • A Natural History of Intellectual Capital. Griffiths, Paul Davis Richard // Proceedings of the European Conference on Intellectual Capital;2010, p265 

    Some economists believe that since 1 million years ago and up to the early 19th century growth in wealth was channelled nearly entirely to increasing population. This conjecture is based on that for the whole of that period the vast majority of the human population led a life of mere...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics