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  1.  5
    Post-COVID-19 ethics of people analytics.Vincent Bryce, Neil Kenneth McBride & Mayen Cunden - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (4):480-494.
    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of the ethical investigation of the emerging practice of people analytics (PA) within human resource (HR) management through charting the development of PA before during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Design/methodology/approach This paper is designed as a short review of the current thinking in the ethics of PA, a practical journey through the progression of PA across the pandemic and a theoretical exploration of PA through three lenses: virtue ethics, (...)
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    An exploratory qualitative analysis of AI ethics guidelines.Aline Shakti Franzke - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (4):401-423.
    Purpose As Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) proliferate, calls have emerged for ethical reflection. Ethics guidelines have played a central role in this respect. While quantitative research on the ethics guidelines of AI/Big Data has been undertaken, there has been a dearth of systematic qualitative analyses of these documents. Design/methodology/approach Aiming to address this research gap, this paper analyses 70 international ethics guidelines documents from academia, NGOs and the corporate realm, published between 2017 and 2020. Findings The article presents (...)
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    The grey and dark facets of online activities: a study of consumer perceptions.Meenakshi Handa & Parul Ahuja - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (4):495-515.
    Purpose The internet has provided a gamut of benefits to consumers. The digital world, however, also provides space for various illegal or unethical consumer activities. Consumers may not always be fully aware of the unethical or illegal nature of some of the online activities that they engage in. This study aims to examine the questionable side of online consumer behaviour in an emerging market where internet penetration and smart phone accessibility is rapidly expanding. Using a third-person technique, this study attempts (...)
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    Enjoying music and movies without paying: examining factors affecting unauthorized downloading amongst young adults.Meenakshi Handa, Parul Ahuja & Swati Jain - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (4):568-586.
    Purpose Along with their immense benefit, online channels of communication and information-sharing also present a myriad set of challenges. The unauthorized downloading and sharing of copyrighted content such as music and movies is one such issue. This study aims to examine the factors related to the unauthorized downloading of content amongst young internet users in an emerging market. Design/methodology/approach An online structured questionnaire was used to collect primary data from 219 internet users between 17 and 24 years of age. The (...)
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    Unethical practices in online classes during COVID-19 pandemic: an analysis of affordances using routine activity theory.Ummaha Hazra & Asad Karim Khan Priyo - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (4):546-567.
    Purpose While online classes have enabled many universities to carry out their regular academic activities, they have also given rise to new and unanticipated ethical concerns. We focus on the “dark side” of online class settings and attempt to illuminate the ethical problems associated with them. The purpose of this study is to investigate the affordances stemming from the technology-user interaction that can result in negative outcomes. We also attempt to understand the context in which these deleterious affordances are actualized. (...)
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    A conceptual analysis of the ethicality of Web-based messaging on the COVID-19 pandemic.Rhoda C. Joseph & Mohammad Ali - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (4):440-460.
    Purpose The purpose of this study is to examine the primary sources and methods of Web-based messaging during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The authors use ethical lens to develop a conceptual framework to inform and reduce conflicts of Web-based messaging associated with COVID-19. Design/methodology/approach This paper provides a comprehensive review of three different ethical schools and identifies the cohesive theme of common good across them. Common good leading to a greater good serves as the overarching ethical construct (...)
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    Fear of missing out (FOMO) to the joy of missing out (JOMO): shifting dunes of problematic usage of the internet among social media users.Sonica Rautela & Sarika Sharma - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (4):461-479.
    Purpose With the rapid improvement in digital infrastructure, the popularity of digital devices and smartphones in every pocket, the yearning to stay connected with others has increased manifold, especially in youngsters. This has raised multiple concerns primarily related to the problematic usage of the internet (PUI). The current research study aims to scrutinize the association between PUI, psychological and mental health (PMH), social media fatigue (SMF), fear of missing out (FOMO), desire to disconnect (DD) and its relation with a novel (...)
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    How ethical are my millennials? A qualitative study.Swati Sharma - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (4):531-545.
    Purpose The purpose of the study is to probe millennials on their perceptions towards consumer ethics and to generate new insights in the realm of consumer behaviour. Millennials constitute a big fraction of the total consumer base with immense buying power. Therefore, the exploration of the ethical perspective of millennials is of vital importance for organizations. Design/methodology/approach The study applies a grounded theory approach to explore the subjective experiences of consumers and draws insights from the data following an interpretivist epistemology. (...)
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    Framing of social protest news in Web portals in Chile and Colombia during 2019.Francisco Tagle, Francisca Greene, Alejandra Jans & Germán Ortiz - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (4):424-439.
    Purpose Late in 2019, massive protest demonstrations rocked both Chile and Colombia. They were an expression of discontent with the economic model and social policies implemented in both countries in recent decades. The purpose of this study is to investigate how Chilean and Colombian news websites framed these social protests and what aspects of the social movements promoted these media to public opinion. Design/methodology/approach The methodology of this research is empirical; the authors use quantitative and discourse analysis techniques to study (...)
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    From texts to contexts: the relevance of digital ethnography in a Foucauldian discourse analysis of online gender talk in Kerala.Daigy Varghese & Shubha Ranganathan - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (4):516-530.
    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to foreground the importance of context in discourse analysis by drawing on a study of online gender talk on Facebook in India. Design/methodology/approach Using Foucauldian discourse analysis (FDA), this study explored participants’ use of language to construct and perform various identities in online gender talk. This study discusses the methods used and challenges in analyzing digital spaces through FDA, focusing specifically on the importance of an ethnographic perspective to contextualize online talk. Findings Engagement (...)
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    Ethical dilemmas when conducting sensitive research: interviewing offenders convicted of child pornography.Marie Eneman - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (3):362-373.
    Purpose This article aims to describe the personal experience and ethical dilemmas that the author encountered when conducting qualitative research on a highly sensitive topic, i.e. interviews with offenders convicted of child pornography. Design/methodology/approach This study uses an autoethnographic approach to describe and reflect on my personal experience, emotions and ethical dilemmas when undertaking sensitive research that examines illegal acts. Findings Ethical dilemmas and emotional challenges highlighted refer to the issue of access to useful empirical material, conducting interviews with convicted (...)
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    Critical care for the early web: ethical digital methods for archived youth data.Katie Mackinnon - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (3):349-361.
    Purpose This paper aims to provide a brief overview of the ethical challenges facing researchers engaging with web archival materials and demonstrates a framework and method for conducting research with historical web data created by young people. Design/methodology/approach This paper’s methodology is informed by the conceptual framing of data materials in research on the “right to be forgotten” (Crossen-White, 2015; GDPR, 2018; Tsesis, 2014), data afterlives (Agostinho, 2019; Stevenson and Gehl, 2019; Sutherland, 2017), indigenous data sovereignty and governance (Wemigwans, 2018) (...)
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    Mapping data ethics curricula.Jonathan Reeve, Isabelle Zaugg & Tian Zheng - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (3):388-399.
    Purpose As data-driven tools increasingly shape our life and tech ethics crises become strikingly frequent, data ethics coursework is urgently needed. The purpose of this study is to map the field of data ethics curricula, tracking relations between courses, instructors, texts and writers, and present a proof-of-concept interactive website for exploring these relations. This method is designed to be used in curricular research and development and provides multiple vantage points on this multidisciplinary field. Design/methodology/approach The authors use data science methods (...)
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    The original sin of crowd work for human subjects research.Huichuan Xia - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (3):374-387.
    Purpose Academic scholars have leveraged crowd work platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk for human subjects research for almost two decades. However, few scholars have reflected or questioned this mode of academic research. This paper aims to examine three fundamental problems of crowd work and elaborates on their lasting effects on impacting the validity and quality of human subjects research on crowd work. Design/methodology/approach` A critical analysis is conducted on the characteristics of crowd work, and three fundamental problems of crowd (...)
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    Guest editorial: Introduction to AoIR 2021 papers on emerging ethical practices and platform challenges.Michael Zimmer - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (3):345-348.
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    Framework for enhancing students’ smartphone learning ability: a case study of Nigerian public Universities.Godswill Ejeohiolei Esechie, Chukwuka Christian Ohueri, Siti Zanariah Ahmad Ishak & Peter Karubi Nwanesi - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (2):213-228.
    Purpose The importance of smartphones in enhancing students learning, research and development is well-established in many published studies. Nevertheless, due to numerous challenges, Nigerian students are yet to reap from the benefits of smartphones in terms of accessing vital information for learning and development. Therefore, this study aims to develop a framework that will enhance Nigerian students’ ability to use smartphones for learning. Design/methodology/approach The SERVQUAL Theory Framework is adapted to actualize the research aim. Moreover, a qualitative research approach was (...)
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    Media discourse in China and Japan on the COVID-19 pandemic: comparative analysis of the first three months.Gulsan Ara Parvin, Md Habibur Rahman, S. M. Reazul Ahsan, Md Anwarul Abedin & Mrittika Basu - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (2):308-328.
    Purpose This study aims to analyze how English-language versions of e-newspapers in the first two countries affected, China and Japan, which are non-English-speaking countries and have different socio-economic and political settings, have highlighted Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic news and informed the global community. Design/methodology/approach A text-mining approach was used to explore experts’ thoughts as published by the two leading English-language newspapers in China and Japan from January to March 2020. This study analyzes the Opinion section, which mainly comprises editorial and (...)
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    Toward accountable human-centered AI: rationale and promising directions.Junaid Qadir, Mohammad Qamar Islam & Ala Al-Fuqaha - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (2):329-342.
    Purpose Along with the various beneficial uses of artificial intelligence, there are various unsavory concomitants including the inscrutability of AI tools, the fragility of AI models under adversarial settings, the vulnerability of AI models to bias throughout their pipeline, the high planetary cost of running large AI models and the emergence of exploitative surveillance capitalism-based economic logic built on AI technology. This study aims to document these harms of AI technology and study how these technologies and their developers and users (...)
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    AI led ethical digital transformation: framework, research and managerial implications.Kumar Saurabh, Ridhi Arora, Neelam Rani, Debasisha Mishra & M. Ramkumar - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (2):229-256.
    Purpose Digital transformation leverages digital technologies to change current processes and introduce new processes in any organisation’s business model, customer/user experience and operational processes. Artificial intelligence plays a significant role in achieving DT. As DT is touching each sphere of humanity, AI led DT is raising many fundamental questions. These questions raise concerns for the systems deployed, how they should behave, what risks they carry, the monitoring and evaluation control we have in hand, etc. These issues call for the need (...)
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    The fake news effect: what does it mean for consumer behavioral intentions towards brands?Aruba Sharif, Tahir Mumtaz Awan & Osman Sadiq Paracha - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (2):291-307.
    Purpose This study aims to understand how fake news can cause an impact on consumer behavioral intentions in today’s era when fake news is prevalent and common. Brands have not only faced reputational losses but also got a dip in their share prices and sales, which affected their financial standing. Hence, it is significant for brands to understand the impact of fake news on behavioral intentions and to strategize to manage the impact. Design/methodology/approach This study uses several branding and marketing (...)
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    Robotizing meaningful work.Tuuli Turja, Jaana Minkkinen & Saija Mauno - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (2):177-192.
    PurposeRobots have a history of replacing human labor in undesirable, dirty, dull and dangerous tasks. With robots now emerging in academic and human-centered work, this paper aims to investigate psychological implications of robotizing desirable and socially rewarding work.Design/methodology/approachTesting the holistic stress model, this study examines educational professionals’ stress responses as mediators between robotization expectations and future optimism in life. The study uses survey data on 2,434 education professionals.FindingsRespondents entertaining robotization expectations perceived their work to be less meaningful and reported more (...)
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    Privacy concerns with using public data for suicide risk prediction algorithms: a public opinion survey of contextual appropriateness.Michael Zimmer & Sarah Logan - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (2):257-272.
    Purpose Existing algorithms for predicting suicide risk rely solely on data from electronic health records, but such models could be improved through the incorporation of publicly available socioeconomic data – such as financial, legal, life event and sociodemographic data. The purpose of this study is to understand the complex ethical and privacy implications of incorporating sociodemographic data within the health context. This paper presents results from a survey exploring what the general public’s knowledge and concerns are about such publicly available (...)
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    Ethical aspects of voice assistants: a critical discourse analysis of Indonesian media texts.Anisa Aini Arifin & Thomas Taro Lennerfors - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (1):18-36.
    Purpose Voice assistant technology is one of the fastest-growing artificial intelligence applications at present. However, the burgeoning scholarship argues that there are ethical challenges relating to this new technology, not the least related to privacy, which affects the technology’s acceptance. Given that the media impacts public opinion and acceptance of VA and that there are no studies on media coverage of VA, the study focuses on media coverage. In addition, this study aims to focus on media coverage in Indonesia, a (...)
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    Youth and online privacy: a cross-border study in the Basque Country.Eneko Bidegain, Amaia Arroyo Sagasta, Koldo Diaz Bizkarguenaga, Aitor Zuberogoitia, Eneko Antón & Ixiar Rozas - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (1):54-71.
    Purpose This study aims to explore the main concerns and attitudes Basque adolescents have regarding online privacy. It analyzes their motivations for sharing private information and the kind of information they share. Likewise, it examines whether they consider the potential consequences of revealing certain information online and analyzes if there are any differences between the motivations and attitudes of young people from Gipuzkoa and Labourd. Design/methodology/approach For this study, three methods were combined to collect the data in 17 schools in (...)
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    Perspectives on computing ethics: a multi-stakeholder analysis.Damian Gordon, Ioannis Stavrakakis, J. Paul Gibson, Brendan Tierney, Anna Becevel, Andrea Curley, Michael Collins, William O’Mahony & Dympna O’Sullivan - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (1):72-90.
    Purpose Computing ethics represents a long established, yet rapidly evolving, discipline that grows in complexity and scope on a near-daily basis. Therefore, to help understand some of that scope it is essential to incorporate a range of perspectives, from a range of stakeholders, on current and emerging ethical challenges associated with computer technology. This study aims to achieve this by using, a three-pronged, stakeholder analysis of Computer Science academics, ICT industry professionals, and citizen groups was undertaken to explore what they (...)
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    Discovering social media topics and patterns in the coronavirus and election era.Mahdi Hashemi - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (1):1-17.
    Purpose This study aims to understand the relationship between politics and pandemics in shaping the characteristics and themes of people’s Tweets during the US 2020 presidential election. Additionally, the purpose is to detect misinformation and extremism, not only to help online social networks to target such content more rapidly but also to provide a close to real-time picture of trending topics, misinformation, and extremism flowing on OSN. This could help authorities to identify the intents behind them and find out how (...)
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    Cyberattacks as “state of exception” reconceptualizing cybersecurity from prevention to surviving and accommodating.Sebastian Knebel, Mario D. Schultz & Peter Seele - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (1):91-109.
    Purpose This paper aims to outline how destructive communication exemplified by ransomware cyberattacks destroys the process of organization, causes a “state of exception,” and thus constitutes organization. The authors build on Agamben's state of exception and translate it into communicative constitution of organization theory. Design/methodology/approach A significant increase of cyberattacks have impacted organizations in recent times and laid organizations under siege. This conceptual research builds on illustrative cases chosen by positive deviance case selection of ransomware attacks. Findings CCO theory focuses (...)
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    Job insecurity and technology acceptance: an asymmetric dependence.Oxana Krutova, Tuuli Turja, Pertti Koistinen, Harri Melin & Tuomo Särkikoski - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (1):110-133.
    PurposeExisting research suggests that the competitive advantage provided by technological development depends to a large extent on the speed and coordination of the technology’s implementation, and on how adoptable the technological applications are considered. While accepting this argument, the authors consider the explanatory model to be inadequate. This study aims to contribute to the theoretical discussion by analysing institutionalised industrial relations and other organisation-level factors, which are important for workplace restructuring and societal change.Design/methodology/approachThe analysis is based on a representative nation-wide (...)
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    Exploring the factors influencing adoption of health-care wearables among generation Z consumers in India.Bishwajit Nayak, Som Sekhar Bhattacharyya, Saurabh Kumar & Rohan Kumar Jumnani - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (1):150-174.
    Purpose The purpose of this study is to identify the major factors influencing the adoption of health-care wearables in generation Z customers in India. A conceptual framework using push pull and mooring adoption theory was developed. Design/methodology/approach Data was collected from 208 Gen Z customers based on 5 constructs related to the adoption of health-care wearables. Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling was used to analyse the responses. The mediation paths were analysed using bootstrapping method and examination of the (...)
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    Young adults know that their issues are not represented in the news: Israeli young adults and mainstream news media.Benny Nuriely, Moti Gigi & Yuval Gozansky - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (1):37-53.
    Purpose This paper aims to analyze the ways socio-economic issues are represented in mainstream news media and how it is consumed, understood and interpreted by Israeli young adults. It examines how mainstream media uses neo-liberal discourse, and the ways YAs internalize this ethic, while simultaneously finding ways to overcome its limitations. Design/methodology/approach This was a mixed methods study. First, it undertook content analysis of the most popular Israeli mainstream news media among YAs: the online news site Ynet and the TV (...)
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    Proposing a model of social media user interaction with fake news.Abhijeet R. Shirsat, Angel F. González & Judith J. May - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 20 (1):134-149.
    Purpose This study aims to understand the allure and danger of fake news in social media environments and propose a theoretical model of the phenomenon. Design/methodology/approach This qualitative research study used the uses and gratifications theory approach to analyze how and why people used social media during the 2016 US presidential election. Findings The thematic analysis revealed people were gratified after using social media to connect with friends and family and to gather and share information and after using it as (...)
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    SAT: a methodology to assess the social acceptance of innovative AI-based technologies.Carmela Occhipinti, Antonio Carnevale, Luigi Briguglio, Andrea Iannone & Piercosma Bisconti - 2022 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 1 (In press).
    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present the conceptual model of an innovative methodology (SAT) to assess the social acceptance of technology, especially focusing on artificial intelligence (AI)-based technology. -/- Design/methodology/approach After a review of the literature, this paper presents the main lines by which SAT stands out from current methods, namely, a four-bubble approach and a mix of qualitative and quantitative techniques that offer assessments that look at technology as a socio-technical system. Each bubble determines the social (...)
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