February Meeting "IT and Ethics: What does it mean for you and your organization"

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What are ethics and why are they relevant in the IT field? Why is a code of ethics important to us personally and to our organizations? How do you develop and maintain an ethical code for the use of Information Technology in an organization? These are just some of the questions we will consider at the next SIM Portland meeting. Everyone is familiar with the concept of medical ethics and the Hippocratic Oath, “First do no harm.” Ethics are a set of mutually agreed upon rules that encompass the personal and shared standards of behavior expected by a group of people, typically within a given profession. There are now ethical investments and mutual funds that hold to certain principles when selecting companies to invest in. 


Information Technology is advancing at an ever increasing rate, and is having an increasing impact on our lives. The recent Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal demonstrated what can happen in organizations when there is no ethical grounding, and decisions are simply left up to the bottom line, or market forces. Join host, and incoming SIM-Portland President, Richard Appleyard for the February Chapter meeting where he will share his ideas and facilitate discussion around embracing more formal ethical standards with in the IT management profession. Come and be part of the process to discover what this means to you, to your colleagues and how we might develop a Code of Ethics at the SIM Portland chapter. 

Learning & Event Objectives: 

+ Review & discuss ethics, its history and relevance to the field of IT

+ Review ethical frameworks and discuss which apply to IT

+ Consider the creation of a SIM-Portland Working Group to develop a Code of Ethics for the Chapter

Speaker: Richard Appleyard, PhD

Richard is a seasoned Technology Leader in IT Operations, Application Development & Web Management, with a foundation in Informatics Research. He is currently the Deputy CIO and Applications Development Manager at the Oregon Secretary of State. In addition to assisting the CIO, he is responsible for software development team that manages a portfolio of applications for the different SOS divisions; Elections, Corporation, Audits and Archives as well as Business Services. He is the President-elect for the Society of Information Management Portland Chapter and currently planning his agenda for his April 2020-2022 tenure.

Richard is an emerging Technology Ethicist and IT Futurist with a passion for being more thoughtful with how IT is implemented. He is a proponent of Holistic Technology Management that looks for the potential "butterfly effect,” and the unseen opportunities and unintended consequences of today's technology advances. Richard has a Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, a PhD in Biochemistry / Biophysics from Washington State University and completed a Post-doctorate in Medical Informatics (Information and Data Science) at Oregon Health and Science University where he focused on Consumer Health Informatics and the usability of patient information systems. 

When & Where
Feb 12
12th February 2020
05:30 PM - 08:15 PM
Portland, OR
2020-02-12 05:30 PM 2020-02-12 08:15 PM America/Los_Angeles February Meeting "IT and Ethics: What does it mean for you and your organization" February 2020 Meeting 1225 Southwest 6th Avenue Portland, OR, United States 97204

University Club of Portland

Address: 1225 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204


SIM Portland member price is $35.00 (To get member price, please log in!). If you have issues with login please email membership@simpdx.org


5:30 pm to 6:20 pm Social

6:20 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Talk

8:15 pm Close

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