Unit – Network Management in Organisations assignment help

Title – Ethical issues arising from use of ICT technologies

Code – MN501 assignment help

Assignment Description

Students should form a group of five (5) students from the same laboratory class. You must not change the group membership unless approved by your tutor. Tutor will then allocate one of the topics listed in Table 1 to each group.

 

All students must collaborate in this group assignment and contribute equally. Group leader should report their progress on a weekly basis to relevant tutor. Every student must participate in peer assessment on the Spark- Plus system.

 

Acknowledgment: The following cases have been taken verbatim, for educational purposes, from:

 

Topic 1: Does information’s availability justify its use?

 

Governments collect massive amounts of data on individuals and organizations and use it for a variety of purposes: national security, accurate tax collection, demographics, international geopolitical strategic analysis, etc. Corporations do the same for commercial reasons; to increase business, control expense, enhance profitability, gain market share, etc. Technological advances in both hardware and software have significantly changed the scope of what can be amassed and processed. Massive quantities of data, measured in petabytes and beyond, can be centrally stored and retrieved effortlessly and quickly. Seemingly disparate sources of data can be cross-referenced to glean new meanings when one set of data is viewed within the context of another.

 

In the 1930s and 1940s the volumes of data available were miniscule by comparison and the “processing” of that data was entirely manual. Had even a small portion of today’s capabilities existed, the world as we now know it would probably be quite different.

 

Investigate and report on:

 

Should organizations’ ability to collect and process data on exponentially increasing scales be limited in any way? Does the fact that information can be architected for a particular purpose mean it should be, even if by so doing individual privacy rights are potentially violated? If data meant for one use is diverted to another process which is socially redeeming and would result in a greater good or could result in a financial gain, does that mitigate the ethical dilemma, no matter how innocent and pure the motivation?

 

 

Topic 2: How much effort and expense should managers incur in considering questions of data access and privacy?

 

This is an issue with both internal and external implications. All organizations collect personal data on employees, data that if not properly safeguarded can result in significant negative implications for individuals. Information such as compensation and background data and personal identification information, such as social security number and account identifiers, all have to be maintained and accessed by authorized personnel. Systems that track this data can be secured, but at some point data must leave those systems and be used. Operational policies and procedures can address the proper handling of that data but if they’re not followed or enforced, there’s hardly any point in

 

Marking criteria:  You must use the following aspects as headings for your report.

 

Aspects Description of the section Marks
 

1.   Introduction to the case /

scenario

 

Introduce the ethical issue/s that arise in the case/scenario, and describe these clearly.

 

10

 

2.   Identification of ethical values

 

Identify at least 2 important ethical values related to the scenario and explain their relevance to the case. Use peer reviewed academic sources.

 

20

 

3.   Analysis of ethical issues using ethical theories framework

 

Conduct an ethical analysis using ethical theories framework (consequence, duty, contract and character based theories). Use ethical principles from these theories, apply it to the scenario, and conduct your analysis. Arguments need to be stated clearly and backed up using peer-reviewed sources.

 

30

 

4.   Discussion on your findings

 

Discuss your findings here in detail. What would be your final decision? Explain why this is the best decision. Justify from ethical and practical angles.

 

20

 

5.   Conclusion

 

Write a conclusion to summarise the research work you did, and state your final decision. No new information should be included in the conclusion.

 

10

 

6.   Referencing

 

Follow IEEE reference style

 

10

   

Total

 

100

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