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An ethical review of information systems development – The Australian Computer Society’s code of ethics and SSADM

Simon Rogerson (Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)
John Weckert (ARC Commonwealth Special Research Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia and)
Chris Simpson (School of Information Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

Abstract

The rapid advance of computer‐based technology has led to social policy vacuums. Most information systems development tools concentrate upon technical issues, and offer few if any guidelines that address the moral issues inherent in new application possibilities. It is argued that extension of such tools to include ethical and moral, human and environmental issues is possible. A good starting point is provided by mapping relevant clauses of professional codes of ethics upon each stage of the development methodology. We use as examples the Australian Computer Society Code of Ethics and the structured systems analysis and design method (SSADM).

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Rogerson, S., Weckert, J. and Simpson, C. (2000), "An ethical review of information systems development – The Australian Computer Society’s code of ethics and SSADM", Information Technology & People, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 121-136. https://doi.org/10.1108/09593840010339853

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