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How we profess: the ethical systems analyst

How we profess: the ethical systems analyst A . T . W o o d - H a r p e r , S t e v e C o r d e r , J . R . G . W o o d , a n d H e a t h e r W a t s o n To whom is the analyst ultimately responsible? How We Profess: The Ethical Systems Analyst Information technology is increasingly being used in systems with potential for societal impacts, such as medicine, or as enabling tools for the changes associated with business process reengineering. A basis and rationale for conducting ethical analysis as part of the information systems development process, utilizing the œsoft  systems methodology, is presented here, drawing upon the rich background from ethics theory. A case based on a public community health service is presented to illustrate some of the basic dilemmas that a use of ethical analysis can help to clarify. The trend toward socialized medicine in the U.S. with its accompanying bureaucracy and limited resource allocation, the rising specter of a renewed interest in eugenics given credibility by the technological support of chromosome mapping [15, 21], and the radical, possibly http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Communications of the ACM Association for Computing Machinery

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Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 1996 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
0001-0782
DOI
10.1145/227234.227244
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Abstract

A . T . W o o d - H a r p e r , S t e v e C o r d e r , J . R . G . W o o d , a n d H e a t h e r W a t s o n To whom is the analyst ultimately responsible? How We Profess: The Ethical Systems Analyst Information technology is increasingly being used in systems with potential for societal impacts, such as medicine, or as enabling tools for the changes associated with business process reengineering. A basis and rationale for conducting ethical analysis as part of the information systems development process, utilizing the œsoft  systems methodology, is presented here, drawing upon the rich background from ethics theory. A case based on a public community health service is presented to illustrate some of the basic dilemmas that a use of ethical analysis can help to clarify. The trend toward socialized medicine in the U.S. with its accompanying bureaucracy and limited resource allocation, the rising specter of a renewed interest in eugenics given credibility by the technological support of chromosome mapping [15, 21], and the radical, possibly

Journal

Communications of the ACMAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Mar 1, 1996

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