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Publication date: 14 August 2017

Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos, Ryoko Asai, Andrew A. Adams and Kiyoshi Murata

This study aims to map Swedish students’ attitudes towards Snowden’s revelations and their effects in the political and socio-cultural environment of Sweden.

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to map Swedish students’ attitudes towards Snowden’s revelations and their effects in the political and socio-cultural environment of Sweden.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire was answered by 190 Swedish university students. The quantitative responses to the survey and qualitative considerations of free text answers were statistically analysed.

Findings

Swedish students had a high level of knowledge about the Snowden revelations; they actively searched for information, gave a positive judgement of Snowden’s actions and were willing to follow his example in Sweden, although not in the USA. They trusted their country and most of its institutions and authorities except for secret service agencies and the internet and computer software companies.

Practical implications

This study could be used as a design of education for university students, especially in information technology programmes.

Social implications

The study can be used for developing and applying policies on privacy, surveillance and whistle-blowing.

Originality/value

This study is part of a bigger international study to map students’ attitudes towards Snowden’s revelations and their opinions about privacy, surveillance and whistle-blowing opening up for cross-cultural analyses.

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Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, vol. 15 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1477-996X

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Publication date: 9 March 2015

Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos

The purpose of this paper is to present an overview and to discuss the following issues: most often, discussions about Information and communication technology (ICT…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present an overview and to discuss the following issues: most often, discussions about Information and communication technology (ICT) sustainability focus on environmental issues; however, there are other aspects referring to ICT internal sustainability and to its role as a tool in managing general sustainability issues. The way to handle ICT sustainability issues is also significant.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper discusses and investigates various aspects of ICT sustainability, and of methods to handle these issues and make decisions.

Findings

Classical philosophy and psychological empirical research on decision-making demonstrate the way to take care of ICT sustainability issues. This way is philosophizing, which has to be trained and supported for people and organizations involved to acquire the necessary skills and to use suitable methods.

Originality/value

The paper highlights other significant aspects of ICT sustainability rather than the environmental impact alone. It also proposes focus on the way ICT sustainability issues are handled rather than focus on normative or ideological aspects of it.

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Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, vol. 13 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1477-996X

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