Loudon 2 proposes five (5) moral dimensions of the information age are:
1) Rights and obligations of information: What are the rights of individuals and corporations about information about themselves? What are the legal means to protect it? And what are the obligations are for that information. “These rights include:
Privacy is the right of individuals to be left in peace.
Technology and information systems threaten the privacy of individuals to make cheap, efficient and effective invasion.
Due process requires the existence of a set of rules or laws that clearly define how we treat information about individuals and that appeal mechanisms available.
2) Property rights: how to move the classical concepts of patent and intellectual property in digital technology? What are these rights and how to protect? Information technology has hindered the protection of property because it is very easy to copy or distribute computer information networks. Intellectual property is subject to various protections under three patents:
Trade secrets: Any intellectual work product used for business purposes may be classified as secret.
Copyright: It is a concession granted by law to protect creators of intellectual property against copying by others for any purpose for a period of 28 years.
Patents: A patent gives the holder, for 17 years, an exclusive monopoly on the ideas on which an invention.
3) Responsibility and control: Who is responsible and who controls the use and abuse of information from the People. The new information technologies are challenging existing laws regarding liability and social practices, to force individuals and institutions accountable for their actions.
4) Quality systems: What data standards, information processing programs should be required to ensure the protection of individual rights and society? It can hold individuals and organizations for avoidable and foreseeable consequences if their obligation is to see and correct.
5) Quality of life: What values should be preserved and protected in a society based on information and knowledge? What institutions should protect and which should be protected? The negative social costs of introducing information technologies and systems are growing along with the power of technology. Computers and information technologies can destroy valuable elements of culture and society, while providing benefits.
These five dimensions represent very good guideline considerations, ethical questions and answers should be a company when introducing a new technology.