MODEL FOR CYBER ETHICAL AND TRANSPARENCY ISSUES IN EDUCATION: A SHORT OVERVIEW
University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (BULGARIA)
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Conference name: 15th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 8-9 March, 2021
Location: Online Conference
The characteristic features of the information society (IS) are many and those that most significantly distinguish its virtual nature include abstractions such as independence of distance and location. At the same time, along with the positive nature of the IS, the bad aspects and expressions emerge of an increasingly complete emanation of real life in the virtual, cybernetic dimension. Instances emerge of social polarization and exclusion, new virtual cultures with low and even negative contributions. In this regard, questions arise concerning the ethical behavior of participants in the cyber dimension of current and future social development.
The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the emerging dialogue on the direction, content, and techniques involved in cyber ethics and transperancy education. The principle contributions of this work include a discussion and short overview on the definitions of cyber ethics and transparency, then a description of a multi-level, multi-discipline approach to cyber education with the goal of providing all educated individuals a level of cyber education appropriate for their role in society.
The paper opted for an informetrics approach, and more specifically content analysis, to investigate the inter-relationships between computer ethics, internet ethics, cyber ethics and transparency. The data sources for this study included Google Trends, Google Scholar and the Web of Science citation indexes. Different search queries were used, depending on the structure of each data source, to extract the relevant data sets. The research methodology includes also the so-called Architectural Approach, which forms the main contemporary toolbox of modern change. In general terms, Culture of transparency and in particular Cyber ethics, as an emanation of ethics in the virtual cyber space, should also be considered in relation to current social practices. All technological, political, economic, etc. processes that involve a cyber-related component should be evaluated in their ethical aspect with respect to their total positive or negative impact on society.
The paper offers model for training in Ethics and forming Culture of transparency in a cyber university environment. The value of the paper could include curriculum development of programs dealing with ethical issues that arise when developing and using computers and related technologies.
Cyber ethics, as an emanation of ethics in the virtual cyber space, should also be considered in relation to current social practices. All technological, political, economic, etc. processes that involve a cyber-related component should be evaluated in their ethical aspect with respect to their total positive or negative impact on society. Overall, this paper serves as a call for further discussion, debate, and effort on the topic of cyberethics and transparency in education as well as describing our innovative generative model.
Keywords: Cyber ethics, Culture of Transperancy, Curriculum, Higher Education.