Businesses are required to follow regulatory and legal requirements related to their products and processes. Where do ethical requirements come into the picture? CIO Dive brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Emerging technologies pose ethical quandaries. Where does IT leadership fit in?

Aligning those ethics and business values with vendor relationships is a constant battle in the world of doing business. When it comes to technology, ethics can only make use of speculative data about future products, uses and impacts. The ethics of entrenched technologies can arrive at better informed moral evaluations of and prescriptions for research and development.

Information technology continually spawns new and popular applications and accessories. Indeed, much of the news itself is produced and transmitted through ever more diverse information technology. But it is not only growth in information technology or even emerging technologies that is salient; other technologies are expanding rapidly.

Ethical issues fit into a business’s bottom line. Strong ethics sustains internal and external trust, which is good for competitive advantage. 

Melody K. Smith

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