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Author Tavani, Herman T. ♦ Grodzinsky, Frances S.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Trustworthiness ♦ Edward snowden ♦ Trust betrayal ♦ Whistle-blowing ♦ Trust
Abstract Is every act of whistle blowing, by definition, a betrayal of trust on the part of the whistle-blower? If so, are employees who blow the whistle, by implication, untrustworthy employees? Assuming that they are, would employees who blow the whistle (presumably on the grounds of moral obligation) also be willing to concede that they are not trustworthy employees, by virtue of carrying out their whistle-blowing act(s)? In answering these questions, we first propose some working definitions of whistle-blowing, trust, and trustworthiness. We then ask whether some instances of whistle-blowing are morally permissible (and perhaps also morally required), even if it turns out that an employee's act of whistle-blowing always violates ("betrays") the trust relationship between that employee and his/her employer. Next, we examine a framework that purports to differentiate between acts of whistle-blowing that are morally permissible, and those that are morally required. Finally, we apply that model in our analysis of a recent case involving Edward Snowden, an employee, who intentionally leaked sensitive US-government information to the press.
Description Affiliation: Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT (Grodzinsky, Frances S.) || Rivier University, Nashua, NH (Tavani, Herman T.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2013-05-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society (CSOC)
Volume Number 44
Issue Number 3
Page Count 6
Starting Page 8
Ending Page 13


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