For this Discussion, please focus your analysis on ONE of the following three actors in the dilemma:The NSA and its electronic domestic surveillance programs
Edward Snowden and the disclosure of classified domestic surveillance documents to the press
the Washington Posts decision to disclose the NSAs domestic surveillance program, based on the documents that Snowden leaked.
Recognize and highlight ethical issues and dilemmas.Be sure to integrate course concepts into your thinking as you . Consider different interests of multiple stakeholders and the greater good. In your opinion, what are the most important facts, stakeholder interests, duties and responsibilities, and/or social ends in this case? Given your assessment, would it lead you to act the same as or differently than your chosen actor? In the end, did your actor behave ethically and responsibly? (e.g., In disclosing selected information, did the Washington Post act responsibly and ethically, in light of the governments request to withhold information given the potential lives at risk?)Please watch the videos and read readings:Videos and readings for the case:
How we take back the internet | Edward Snowden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVwAodrjZMYThe NSA Responds to Edward Snowdens TED Talk
Cabe, D., & Lundberg, K. (2014). Covert Activity: the Washington Post, Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency. Columbia Case Consortium.Ellen, N., Jerry, M., & Ed, O. (2013, June 7). Lawmakers defend, criticize NSA collection of phone logs. Washington Post, The.Barton, G., & Jerry, M. (2013, June 10). In note, Snowden explains why he leaked secrets. Washington Post, The.Ellen, N., & Scott, W. (2013,June 12). ACLU challenges NSA program. Washington Post, The.Ellen, N., & Jerry, M. (2013, June 13). Dozens of attacks foiled, NSA says. Washington Post, The.Washington Post, The. (2013, December 24). Six months of revelations on the NSA. Washington Post, The.
Articles for references:
Johnson, C. E. (2012). Organizational ethics: A practical approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Promoting organizational citizenship, pp. 367-394 (22 pp.).Seeger, M. W. (1997). Ethics and organizational communication. Cresskill, N.J: Hampton Press. Communication and Organizational Responsibility, pp. 119-133; 135 (14 pp).Allen, A. L. (2005) Privacy Isnt Everything: Accountability as a Personal and Social Good. In Moore, A. D. (Ed.). (2005). Information ethics: Privacy, property, and power. University of Washington Press. (pp. 398-413) (15 pp).Schudson, M. (2008). Why democracies need an unlovable press. Polity. Ch.2 Six or Seven Things News Can Do For Democracy, pp. 11-26 (15 pp.).Frisch, C. & Huppenbauer, M. (2014). New insights into ethical leadership: A qualitative investigation of the experiences of executive ethical leaders. Journal of Business Ethics, 123, 23-43.
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