Articles By Donna Lindskog

How much is too much IT security?

Usually security implementers are aware of all the red tape they create, and evaluate the trade-offs against the value of what they are guarding. Usability and efficiency are certainly important, but it is

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Donna Lindskog

Songvids and copyright

IT professionals should take a lesson from the digital camera industry about how technology can impact the public. I recently attended a class to learn about my new Android phone. As part of

Published on: August 5th, 2014 Donna Lindskog

How to handle an ethical dilemma

Ethical dilemmas often happen when two or more ethical issues urge contradictory actions. If you were working on software that managed an elevator or a car, how would you resolve any concerns about

Published on: June 30th, 2014 Donna Lindskog

How ethics applies to change management

Consider what you would do if you were the IT analyst assigned to decide the technology for the next update to your system. CIPS Code of ethics applies every time you make a

Published on: June 2nd, 2014 Donna Lindskog

Questions not included in the CIPS Ethics exam

To earn the professional designation of Information Systems Professional, or I.S.P., CIPS now requires applicants to pass an ethics exam.  I was on the committee that helped create that exam and I think

Published on: April 24th, 2014 Donna Lindskog

Resisting the move of governments to regulate the Internet

Do you believe that governments should be involved in regulating the Internet?  Governments regulate almost everything else, but the Internet has evolved quite well without it.  In December the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)

Published on: February 27th, 2014 Donna Lindskog

Why IT needs to resist the temptation to add technology

I recently attended a Webinar entitled “Computing Professionalism: Do Good and Avoid Evil … and why it is complicated to do that in computing”.  It was very informative and so was the Q&A session

Published on: January 29th, 2014 Donna Lindskog

Why IT staff need to be transparent with others

Certain facts tend to get hidden when you deal with computers.  Other professions have detailed lists of what they have to tell you in order to be ethical.  Although the CIPS ethics statement

Published on: November 27th, 2013 Donna Lindskog

IT does not know ethics

Sometimes the best way to define something is to say what it is NOT.  In a study, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics found that business people have a number of misconceptions about ethics.

Published on: September 24th, 2013 Donna Lindskog