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Assignment 3
Value: 20%
Due date: 13-May-2013
Return date: 03-Jun-2013
Submission method options
EASTS (online)
Task
Length:
Minimum 1500 words
Maximum 2000 words
Instructions
Choose one ethical issue arising from the use of ICT that has been reported in the press in last three years, and discuss it in depth. Show why or how the technology creates or contributes to the problem. Produce an article, discussing both sides of the issue (pros and cons) drawing on both technical and philosophical literature. In addition, argue for your own view of the matter, giving your reasons for your point of view and showing why you believe that they are better than opposing views.
The text book has an obvious United States of America bias. You can choose to provide a comparative discussion that includes how cultural differences impact on the US-centric view of ethical behaviour in the context of the instructions above. You should clearly identify the differences and the country to which those differences relate.
You will be assessed on your ability to reason, analyse and present cogent argument for the particular case. You should outline the main statement you wish to make about your chosen ethical issue along with your reasons and others’ objections to it. You may use any appropriate technique to set out the basic structure of your article.
Examples
1. In the recent years there have been considerable discussions on Internet content regulation. In an examination of this issue, I would expect a discussion of the pros and cons of censorship in general, and how these general principles apply to the Internet, and of the technical issues of Internet content regulation. Your main focus statements could be, for example: Internet content ought to be regulated; Internet content ought not to be regulated; information wants to be free (the Hacker ethic); and Content regulation is just censorship under another name.
2. A perennial issue is privacy. Hardly a week passes without some report in the press about something that is causing concern, whether it be some merger, new software, a failure of security, new legislation, or whatever. Your main focus statements could be, for example: Privacy on the internet ought to be protected; The government should determine the extent of personal privacy on the internet. There are of course many other statements that could be made about the issue of privacy.
You are required to submit the following:
• A comprehensive and coherent article containing your critical analysis of the ICT related ethical issue.
• Your article should clearly show:
- the main point(s) of the issue;
- the pros and cons for the main point(s) (including your reasons and objections as well as those of others); and
- a critique of the effectiveness of the arguments presented
• The ethics technique worksheet you used to analyse the issue.
Rationale
This assignment relates to many of the learning outcomes (subject objectives) for the Ethics Module. It provides an opportunity for you to:
• demonstrate factual knowledge, understanding and the application of principles of ethics to ICT-related issues;
• demonstrate depth of analysis by examining arguments for one ethical issue related to ICT;
• demonstrate coherent and logical presentation of ethics issues in ICT;
• demonstrate research and writing skills;
• demonstrate knowledge and application of appropriate terminology; and
• demonstrate ability to integrate and apply information from various topics and to apply understanding and knowledge to a practical situation.
Marking criteria
Marks will be awarded as per the Assessment Criteria provided in the Mark Sheet below.
Note: No marks will be awarded for a wrong answer.

Question Set #178

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