Taking IT ethics seriously

IT is a critical driver of business and social innovation but there is a downside and more technology doesn't necessarily lead to a better economy or a better society.

Over the last many years, information technology has been celebrated as a driver of business and social innovation, with an impact which is still not fully realised and has the same scale as previous world-changing inventions such as the steam engine or electricity. Annihilating distance, compressing times, boosting productivity, creating new businesses and business models that were not even imaginable just a one or two decades ago, supporting transparency and democracy, improving public safety, health care, education… and the list goes on..

Some have also looked at the downside of this, as I highlighted in a previous posts. There are three main risk areas:

• Digital divide(s)

• Loss of human control and oversight

• Substitution of human labor leading to permanent unemployment

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