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

Increasing ethics training is the answer to cyberthreats

Over 90 per cent of networks are compromised and this can happen in less than 20 minutes when exposed to the Internet. Mobile is the focal point of this trend. With embedded computing,

Published on: July 3rd, 2014 Stephen Ibaraki

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

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

Professionalism: Growing or in a downward spiral?

Professionalism is controversial but primarily only in ICT. Why? Medicine, Law, Accounting we accept it and it is codified. For Information Communication Technology (ICT), it results in heated debate since there is a

Published on: September 30th, 2013 Stephen Ibaraki

Creating computing professionals

Computing is many things: a career, an academic discipline, and an increasingly-essential part of daily life for everyone in Canada. Yet, computing (or more generally, information and communication technology [ICT]) is misunderstood: young

Published on: August 28th, 2013 Daryl Hepting

Ethics 101 and TechCrunch’s expose of Twitter data theft

 Whenever Michael Arrington posts anything on TechCrunch  with a theme of "Ethics 101," you know you're in for some unintentional high comedy. Such was the case today when someone calling himself "Hacker Croll"

Published on: July 16th, 2009 Robert X. Cringely