Professional ethics in the information age

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Purpose: Professional ethics is explored with three main foci: a critique of codes of conduct and the value of creating a global code for information and communication technology (ICT); a critique of ICT professional certification; and the debate over whether ICT is really a profession. Design/methodology/approach: This is a conceptual reflection on the current state of the ICT industry internationally, informed by the literature. Findings: Compared to a mature profession, such as health, ICT is a young profession. This is evidenced in the disparity of domains of practice, the lack of agreement on universal values governing the industry and the ongoing difficulties in creating international certification. Originality/value: Until now, there has been little recognition of the corporatisation of ICT professionals and the effect that has on their ability to engage in appropriate professional ethics. More research is needed to explore appropriate ways in which ethical behaviour can be encouraged in the corporate workplace, including how professional development can be strengthened through building learning organisations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-356
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
Volume15
Issue number4
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Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2017

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In: Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 15, No. 4, 01.01.2017, p. 348-356.

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