Gartner Research

Digital Ethics, or How to Not Mess Up With Technology, 2017

Published: 29 August 2017

ID: G00338664

Analyst(s): Frank Buytendijk


Negative publicity and societal debate around the intended and unintended ethical consequences of using digital technology requires CIOs and their IT leaders, chief data and digital officers, board members, risk officers and investors to make digital ethics an integral part of any digital business.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is Digital Ethics?
  • Why Are Digital Ethics Important?
  • What Makes Digital Ethics Special?
    • Difference From General Ethics
    • Difference From Business Ethics
  • Who Is Responsible for Defining Digital Ethics?
  • How Does "Care Ethics" Support the Digital World?
  • What Is the Scope of Digital Ethics?
    • Security
    • Cybercrime
    • Privacy
    • Social Interaction
    • Governance
    • Free Will
    • Society and Economy

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