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Being an Ethical Student of Networking Technology


In the current business environment, people and organisations are more serious about the ethical issue. It refers to a problem or situation that requires a person or organization to follow the moral principles. The demand of ethics in the networking technology is important.

The purpose of this report is to identify potential ethical and social issues related to IT administration ethics. This report also discusses the ethical and social issue related to IT system. This report also enhances the knowledge on the ethical behaviour in accordance with professional codes. It provides the ethical solution to ensure the society benefit (Van Allen & Roberts, 2011).


The networking technology has become the essential in the human being life. But at the same time, it is also identifies that there are some ethical issues that affect networking technology.

In this, security is one of the main ethical issues in the technology. In the network technology, there is an issue related to security of data due to presence of various hackers. An issue can also be identified as the privacy issues (Chai & Kim, 2012).

However, the network technology allows the people to share and find significant information online but it develops the concept of an ethical issue as the leak of privacy. Copyright infringement is also known as an issue of the networking.

It is because some people use the downloaded data to complete the unethical objective. Moreover, it is also identified that network technology is also a cause of the computer crime. Computer crime comes under the cyber crime that which affect the overall environment (Slade & Prinsloo, 2013).


Due to the increasing the use of the technology at the different sector, it is also analysed that cyber crime has also increased in the environment. It is an illegal activity that is performed by the people with the aim of theft, financial fraud, embezzlement, online harassment, virus infection and sabotage.

Computer crime and cyber crime is happed by the help of internet and it affects the business and individual at the great extent. In the business environment, it also analysed that small organisation faces more issue in the context of ethics because they have not much fund to make their system more secure and strong (Thompson, et al., 2011).

Along with this, small organisations also believe that the main target of hackers is the big organisations instead of the small organisation.

The expansion of the networking technology has made able the people to access the films, music, software and other materials that are usually protected by copyright. In this, a failure of the owner in the respect legal copyright obligations is called an infringement.

However, it is possible that people can only watch/listen/use or share copyright materials if there is a permission of the copyright holder (Close, et al., 2013). People privacy is one of the main areas of ethical issue due to an application of the networking technology.

In the current competitive business environment, companies use the Internet technology to collect data related to the customers and potential customers. In this process, companies have to follow the rules and regulation that are developed by the government.

But, it can be seen that companies conduct unethical practices in the business environment to collect the personal information of the customers.

Evaluate and Justify Action

The ethical practice in the network technology contains ethical aspects of the technology that is helpful for society. It raises a series of social and ethical questions regarding the innovation in the technology.

It also brings a range of ethical question regarding new technology innovation and new boundary crossing opportunities. There are three major ethical theories that are stated below:

  • Utilitarianism is main ethical theory that has an aim to decline the suffering for the greatest amount of people and maximise the happiness of the people. This theory is based on the results and consequences rather than rules.
  • Duty ethics is known as the second ethical theory that is also well known in the ethical practices. This theory defines the obligations that should follow by the society. The main aim of this theory is to focus on the rightness of actions instead of the consequences. It also determines that what people should do (Lally, et al., 2012).
  • Virtue ethics is also a significant ethical theory in the normative ethics. It focuses on the role and virtues that a person’s character involves to be able to define and analyse ethical behaviour in society.
  • The relationship ethics states that care and consideration are two main elements that are derived by human beings. It is also important to maintain the effective and healthy relationship.

 The above discussion shows that in the environment, unethical business practices have increased at the great level.  Individual and organisation both should take the effective actions in regard of this. For this, organisations should develop a code of ethics.

The main objective of the organisations should promote the ethical behaviour among the employees that is possible by the development of the code of ethics. It will also help the employees to develop the understanding the ethical practices. Along with this, disciplinary action should be taken by the organisations on the unethical behaviour by employees.

The management of the organisation should take disciplinary actions that will be taken against employees found guilty of violating the rules McKee, R. (2013). At the same time, companies can also develop the reward system for ethical behaviour at the work place. It will be effective to motivate the employees for the ethical practices at the workplace.


From the above discussion, it can be found that ethical issue has become a serious issue for the individual, business firm, government, and society, etc. Due to this, there are some threats such as privacy, copyright infringement, hacking issue, etc. In order to overcome the ethical issue, firms and individual should take effective and strict actions.


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Slade, S., & Prinsloo, P. (2013). Learning analytics: Ethical issues and dilemmas. American Behavioral Scientist57(10), 1510-1529.

Thompson, L. A., Black, E., Duff, W. P., Black, N. P., Saliba, H., & Dawson, K. (2011). Protected health information on social networking sites: ethical and legal considerations. Journal of medical Internet research13(1), e8.

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