A Web of Fuzzy Problems: Confronting the Ethical Issues

TitleA Web of Fuzzy Problems: Confronting the Ethical Issues
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsWagner, I
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Volume36
Issue6
Pagination94-101
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number00010782
Accession Number12570187
KeywordsCOMPUTER science , Data , ethical , ethical decision-making , FUZZY , NORMATIVITY , Organizational , professional codes of ethics , Social Justice , system , systems
AbstractThis article deals with ethical problems in systems development. Ethical problems can emerge in a systems design project whenever the legitimacy of the values and moral principals on which the participants base their acts and decisions are contested or questioned. For many engineering professions the standards of the field are being defined through the development of technical norms. Such norms are based on an immanet logic of quantity, standardization and focus on detail and promise some kind of guidance in the maze of fuzzy problems to be solved. Other types of norms can be found in the field of data security and data protection. Norms that pertain directly to large issues of social responsibility are currently being discussed within some professional organizations. Such ethical codes should clearly express the difference and tension between the obligation to watch legal and quasilegal norms on one hand and to take distance from these norms. The ethical codes have the advantage that they can act as some kind of guarantee to be taken into account.
NotesWagner, Ina 1; Email Address: iwagner@email.tuwien.ac.at; Affiliations: 1: Professor, Department of Computer Science, Technische Universtität, Wien.; Issue Info: Jun93, Vol. 36 Issue 6, p94; Thesaurus Term: SYSTEMS development; Thesaurus Term: SYSTEM design; Thesaurus Term: DATA protection; Thesaurus Term: ORGANIZATIONAL behavior; Subject Term: ETHICAL problems; Subject Term: FUZZY decision making; Subject Term: NORMATIVITY (Ethics); Number of Pages: 8p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1145/153571.163290
Short TitleA WEB OF FUZZY PROBLEMS: CONFRONTING THE ETHICAL ISSUES
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