Ethics is the field of ethics involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior.
Ethical beliefs shape the way we live, what we do, what we make and the world we create through our choices. Ethics isn’t just an exercise for philosophers or intellectuals. It is at the core of everyday life.
Being ethical is a part of what defines us as human beings. We are rational, thinking, choosing creatures. We all have the capacity to make conscious choices, although we often act out of habit or in line with the views of the crowd. It allows us to be consistent in our judgements, provide reasons for our beliefs and to critically examine opinions. Most importantly, ethics allows us to act in a manner that accord with a set of core values and principles.
Complex ethical problems can be individual and private or widespread and systemic, involving groups, organizations or whole communities.
In the past four decades technology has fundamentally altered our lives: from the way we work to how we communicate to how we fight wars. These technologies have not been without controversy, and many have sparked intense debates that are often polarized or embroiled in scientific ambiguities or dishonest demagoguery.
Ethics in technology is a sub-field of ethics addressing the ethical questions specific to the Technology Age.
Thinking about the pace at which technology is progressing. There are manifold implications, things like computer security or viruses, Trojans, spam’s that invade the privacy of people or the fact the technology is promoting consumerism.
Nowadays data storage is primarily on computer systems. With the advent of internet technology the world has got interconnected and data can be accessed remotely by those who are otherwise unauthorized to do the same. This is one of the pitfalls of innovation. The other one i.e. the pace of technological change also raises the question of ethics.
Maintaining a code of professional ethics in the anti-fraud profession is not only critical in practice, but also for self-preservation, as fraud examiners face ethical dilemmas daily. In a similar manner, maintaining an effective compliance program is an absolute necessity to protect an organization from various risks, including those of fraud, financial impact, and litigation and reputation loss.