As the world digitally transforms, there are more ethical questions than ever before. These questions range in nature, but often involve altered content, information access, sources for transactions, analytics, AI, and data privacy. These are difficult questions, as they generally do not have clear ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer.
This calls for a digital ethicist, a person or team of people within your organization responsible for understanding the implications of technology-enabled decisions and helping individuals weigh the ethical and moral impacts of those decisions. Digital ethicists today come from diverse backgrounds including law, philosophy, communication, and technology.
Digital ethicists are important because executives generally do not have the training necessary for ethical decision making. Digital ethicists are trained specifically for ethical decision-making, and dedicate their time and focus to the specific discipline of digital ethics, making them much more equipped for the job.