n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Information ethics concept : editorial




In Africa, the laggard technological adoption behaviour that characterized the continent and its people for many years is gradually being overcome in the wake of new technologies. New information and communication technologies have quickly gained acceptance and use in education, research, business, government, politics, professional practice, and in the general society, raising several ethical issues such as: protection of users rights, user privacy guarantees, credibility of information, roles and responsibilities of users, cybercrime, intellectual property rights, identity and more. Chuang & Chen (1999) note that the use of computers has created new problems, involving cyber crime, unlawful acquisitions of private information and hacking.


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