The CEO of an organization for which you currently work (or have worked at in the past), paid or volunteer, makes the following request:
“I understand you are taking an ethics and law of technology course at CSUN taught by Professor Chumney who really encourages the practical application of the concepts you’ve learned in the course. I’m very interested in seeing that we make ‘Conscious (Business) Ethics’ a foundational component of everything we do here involving technology. Please utilize the knowledge you’ve gained in the aforementioned course to develop a plan for incorporating business ethics in general and C(B)E in particular, into our company’s (or IT department’s) ethical culture and business activity. I would also like to see the practical application into our organization of material from each topic you covered in the syllabus involving ethics and law: the good life, the big 3 normative ethical theories, an overview of ethics, ethics for IT workers and IT users, cyberattacks and cybersecurity, privacy, freedom of expression, intellectual property, ethical decisions in software development, the impact of information technology on society, social media, and ethics of IT organizations. Be certain to include components of each of the aforementioned concepts into your paper.”
Respond to this request by preparing a research paper that deals with the steps to be taken in order to incorporate key aspects of business ethics and legal competency into the culture and business activity of your organization’s information technology component. Your paper should include a discussion of the various ethical and legal issues facing your company (or its IT department) and the morally imaginative solutions you seek to employ. Establish the current practices of the organization and examples of ethical issues faced in the past. Then, offer suggestions for improvement. Be practical, bold, innovative, and as thorough as you can. Draw upon insights from assigned readings plus ideas gained from class lectures and discussion board and weekly paper assignments. Use resources from your company, readings, etc., and document all sources you use.
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