Objectives and Significance

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This project carries out interdisciplinary research to propose policies (specific measures and methods) to proactively address social and ethical issues and problems brought about by the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in for-profit and not-for-profit organisations from both global and local perspectives through organising research teams overseas researchers would join. In today's ICT-dependant society, the prompt and adequate responses to social and ethical issues and problems brought about by the development and use of ICT is a pressing matter to build a physically and mentally affluent society. The facts that the development and use of socially influential ICT is mainly made by organisations and that such influence is global indicate the necessity and importance of conducting studies on information ethics focused on organisations from a global viewpoint.

Objectives

Policy recommendations for addressing issues and problems related to information ethics in
for-profit and not-for-profit organisations

  • The analyses of the issues and problems, and the recommendation of specific measures to settle and improve problematic situations
  • The research project addresses social and ethical issues and problems brought about by the development and use of ICT
    • Freedom and independence/autonomy of individuals
      • Intellectual freedom
      • Privacy
      • ICT professionalism
      • Gender and computing
    • Social responsibility of organisations
      • Information system quality
      • Security...

Significance

Social significance

  • In the current ICT-dependant society
    • Realisation of a physically and mentally affluent society
      • Respect of human values and rights, and establishment of people‚Äôs autonomy
      • Ensuring social safety and security
      • Ensuring compatibility between organisational objectives and the "right" development and use of ICT in for-profit and not-for-profit organisations
  • Urgent research issues to be addressed in the current age of computerisation
    • The irreversibility of computerisation

Academic significance

  • Information ethics research focused on for-profit and not-for-profit organisations
  • Research activities from the standpoint of the social and cultural characteristics of Japan and East Asia

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