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ITC331 Research Skills Guide: Choosing an ethical issue

Your Assessment Task

Your ITC331 assessment item 3 is an Ethical Analysis Report. Your instructions are:

Choose one ethical issue arising from the use of ICT that has been reported in the press in the last one year, and discuss it in depth. Show why or how the technology creates or contributes to the problem.

Produce an article, discussing both sides of the issue (pros and cons) drawing on both technical and philosophical literature. In addition, argue for your own view of the matter, giving your reasons for your point of view and showing why you believe that they are better than opposing views.

Topic Analysis

Your assessment allows a broad scope for topic choice, but remember that the ethical issue arising from the use of ICT needs to have been reported in the press in the last one year.

For demonstration purposes, an example of an ethical issue you might choose could be around: 

The collection and retention of personal online data by the Government.

To get started, you need to think about what terms you will use when searching for information. To do this:

  • Identify the key concepts of your topic; and then
  • Brainstorm as many synonyms and similar terms/phrases as you can.
Keyword Synonym / Similar term or phrase
Retention metadata retention, data harvesting, web scraping
Online data personal data, personal information, confidential data, private information
Ethics ethical use, morals, principles

Find additional keywords

Dictionaries and encyclopedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.

In the Oxford Reference search box below, enter some of the keywords you've identified and note down any alternate keywords that you find.

Find your definitions by searching Oxford Reference Online

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