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Central Questions of ICT & Ethics: IT Ethics Course Design in Tanzania
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2012 (English)In: IST-Africa 2012: Conference Proceedings / [ed] Paul Cunningham & Miriam Cunningham, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: IIMC International Information Management Corporation , 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The proliferation of information and communication technology has brought up a wide variety of ethical questions that have not before been a concern in Tanzania. When the possibilities of technology are new, one rarely even notices the deep ethical questions arising from its use or misuse. In the popular media the typical ethical questions are concerned with criminal uses of technology, or with immediately perceivable surface phenomena, such as spread of offensive or illegal material. ICT ethics, however, is a much broader topic, and ICT professionals must have a good understanding of the issues involved as well as the practical implications of those issues. This paper discusses from a Tanzanian viewpoint, firstly, the central questions of ethics that ICT professionals must be aware of. Secondly, this paper presents the pedagogical vehicles for educating Tanzanian students about those questions. Thirdly, this paper presents the course design and content for an e-learning course that was designed to bring the abstract ethical questions into life in a Tanzanian e-learning course.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: IIMC International Information Management Corporation , 2012.
Keyword [en]
Ethics, IT, professional ethics, Internet ethics, IT ethics, Cyberethics, Contextualization, Ethics education
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85402ISBN: 978-1-905824-34-2OAI: diva2:583664
IST-Africa 2012, 9-11 May, 2012, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Available from: 2013-01-08 Created: 2013-01-08 Last updated: 2013-01-29Bibliographically approved

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