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ETHICS OF COMPUTER USE: A SURVEY OF STUDENT ATTITUDES

ETHICS OF COMPUTER USE: A SURVEY OF STUDENT ATTITUDES,Alden C. Lorents,Jo-Mae B. Maris,James N. Morgan,Gregory L. Neal

ETHICS OF COMPUTER USE: A SURVEY OF STUDENT ATTITUDES   (Citations: 1)
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An important issue for many years has been the potential for misuse of computer systems and resources. Rapid growth in use of the Internet and distributed systems for financial and other sensitive purposes causes ethical issues surrounding misuse of computer resources to become increasingly serious problem. This paper surveys ethical attitudes of undergraduate business majors. The survey presented scenarios. Students were asked to indicate whether scenario actions were ethical or unethical using a seven level Likert scale. Base scenarios were designed to present ethical issues relating to unauthorized access to computer resources. Other base scenarios focus on using computers to illegally copy products. For each base scenario, sub-scenarios were presented where the motives of the individual vary between intellectual curiosity, securing resources for personal use, profit, and malice. These scenarios provided an evaluation of how the level of malicious intent affects students' perception of the degree ethical breach. Results suggest that the intent of the individual engaging in unauthorized access or illegal copying does substantially affect student perceptions of the degree to which the behavior is a violation of ethics. In general, actions undertaken for profit or malicious intent were judged to be less ethical than the same actions undertaken for intellectual curiosity or to secure resources for personal use.
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