Research Proposal on Ethical, Social, Privacy, Security, and Moral Issues in an E-Society
Ethical, Social, Privacy, Security, and Moral Issues in an E-Society
The global changes continuously draw its impact in different parts of the world. It also affects the simple business transactions up to the simple livelihood of the citizens. The issue of globalization got the attention of the researchers and proved itself as a great substitute from the traditional. In addition, the society embraced those changes and crafted a revolution that aims for its benefits.
Background and Problem Statement
Unaware, the people accepted the changes that appear on their way. And at a sudden, those changes affect their entire life. The creation of the technology is the one of the many changes that is very influential in the approach of the people toward the changes. Most of the people are also dependent on the technologies wherein they rely too much on its capabilities. The interaction of the entire society to the electronic and technical changes leads the way for the term e-society. However, these interactions draw various benefits as well as issues regarding to the ethical, social, privacy, security, and morality and these issues will be tackled in the study.
The first objective of the study is to determine the existing benefits and the other potentials of the technology and information that will reflect in the e-society. Second is to assess the various issues in e-society that can be the constraints on e-society. And third is to create a thrust for the further development of the electronic world that will minimize the issue involved and increase the benefits that it can bring to the society.
The study provided several questions that can serve as the engine of the proposal to achieve and satisfy the presented objectives. In addition, the questions will be centered to the e-society in which the needed information can be formulated.
1. What are the components of the e-society?
2. What are the recognized benefits and hidden limitation of each component of e-society?
3. What are the standards that can be applied pertaining to the e-society?
The e-society is the term applied in the use of the consumers on Internet, web, and information technology in which it can change the society for the better living. The purpose of this interaction depends on the application of an individual which is mostly according to their needs (Reiter, 2008). However, the people can still recognize that the changes require many non-technical barriers that is indeed, needed to be addressed. The non-technical barriers oftentimes limit the ability or capability of the technology. The e-society is divided in many sectors namely e-commerce which can be applied to the businesses (Mujtaba, Griffin, and Oskal, 2004); e-government that recognizes the activities involved in the governmental sector (Heeks, 2001); e-learning or the innovative approach on education to achieve the quality education; e-health that was made to improve the health status of the society (Kaveny and Keenan, 1995); e-science that sometimes collaborated to the e-health and is bound for the continuous scientific research activities (Binik, Mah, and Kiesler, 1999; Reiter, 2008) and; e-entertainment that is for the leisure of the individuals (Husselbee, 1994). All of the components of the e-society are purposely made for the benefit of the society. But as the old saying says “no one is created perfect” - the e-society also receives drawbacks and other limitations because of the issues. One example is the e-commerce, the business leaders recognized the benefits such as changing the facilities, production process, or service offered. The business leaders also aim for serving the customers even from a far. But with the aid of the technology, this is highly positive. In fact, through the interaction of the business in the technology, the marketing and/or advertising can be easy. There are only problems that limit the businessmen in doing so. The problems are on the business models that can be apply for the organizational change; the security of the applied internal system, privacy of the people and even the consumers, and the trust and; the legal barriers to international sales (Mujtaba, Griffin, and Oskal, 2004).
The applied method in the study is the use of the comparative case studies. The past literatures and analyses of the researches enables the current study to create its own understanding. Through reviewing the past authors’ point-of-views the comparison is established. Because the e-society is a broad technological intervention, this method is a great advantage for the study. In addition, out of the applied method, a comprehensive analysis can be generated.
There are standards that the components of the e-society are required. The infrastructure, public policy, laws, regulations, licenses, professional skills and training, and mechanisms in answering the failures are some of the requirements wherein the applied technology should satisfy.
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