The purpose of this assignment is to develop skills in research, critical analysis and
academic writing of high standard. In this assignment students will:
Identify potential ethical and social issues related to IT administration ethics.
Discuss ethical and social issues pertaining to IT systems‐administration.
Interpret professional codes of ethics developed by various industry bodies.
Discuss ethical behaviour in accordance with professional codes.
Explain ethical solutions to ensure that the society benefits.
Students must be able to generate ideas at abstract levels and support their
arguments with strong reasoning. Students must strengthen critical thinking skills
by answering the assignment.
Smart technologies are on the rise. There is a body of literature discussing the key benefits of Smart
Technologies; however smart technologies also introduce many ethical issues.
0) Social media is becoming addictive for many people. Some people are constantly haunted by the Fear
of Missing out (FoMo)? Explore the extent to which the FoMo syndrome is now prevalent in the society
and its ethical impacts.
1) Cyberbullying has been a significant issue globally over the past few years. Cyber‐technology has
exacerbated this problem due to proliferation of mobile applications in the marketplace. You receive
notification from a third party through one of the Apps that you use inviting you to participate in an
event. You are not sure how they received your details. Discuss what security issues arise due to sharing
of too much personal information on social media Apps.
2) Smart phones are being used by nurses for clinical communications and workflow in hospitals. Using
smart phones to record patient data introduces ethical issues involving patient privacy. Identify what
privacy risks arise in such a context and explain the risks in detail.
3) Technologies such as google glass and smart watches are coming into workplace. Given the intrusive
natures of these technologies it is easy for employees to take video or photographs of other people at
work and share it with others. What ethical issues arise from use of wearable technologies in
4) There are many apps available for download for consumers (for example, health monitoring, booking
taxi, banking apps). While these Apps are user friendly and improve user experience, there is also a
security concern that hackers can use some loopholes in such apps to modify or delete customer
information. Discuss an App that you have used recently and if there have been privacy breaches? Is it
ethical for companies to introduce Apps with only basic level of security?