Digital Ethics: Ethics And Trust In Digital Scholarship

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INTRODUCTION Since 1800, the world has been experiencing the advancement of technology all over the world including Malaysia. The academic institutions all over the world are the most affected by this advancement because everything is being conduction with the help of IT. The classes have been conducted virtually, assignments have been sent via the Internet and the research has been done based on the information provided by digital information. Books and library become less referred in doing research. So, in other words, the words ethics and trust are becoming a question to some researchers and society as well as students. Ethics is defined by Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (2016) as “moral principles that control or influence a person’s behavior”. Based on Velasquez et.al (2015), “Ethics refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues. Ethics, for example, refers to those standards that impose the reasonable obligations to refrain from rape, stealing, murder, assault, slander, and fraud”. Whereby, trust is defined as the faith or belief that someone has to something or other people. Ethics and trust are really vital in digital scholarship. With the availability of Internet connection everywhere, people are ought to rely on the information provided from unknown sources not to mention from various websites. The sources of all the
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