Next week, Val Jones and I are leading a discussion of professional ethics as they intersect with a professional’s online life.
Each profession has its own set of ethics and draws its own lines but medicine is what I know best. I’d like to invite participants (or anyone, actually) to proffer ethical dilemmas related to having an online presence.
Some things to think about:
- Some professionals bypass the issue by either staying off the internet or remaining anonymous/pseudonymous. To abandon the internet is like practicing abstinence for STD and pregnancy prevention. To stay offline without considering the problem of “outing” is dangerous.
- Many professionals are entrusted with personal or proprietary information. Aside from legal implications, how should you approach the problem of disclosing too much?
- A professional’s reputation is fluid. How can your online life affect this?
These are just a few of the questions I’m hoping people wish to discuss.