Examination and Study Questions for Legal and Ethical Issues
- Essay Questions
- Short Answer
Limit each essay to two double-spaced typewritten pages plus references.
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- To what extent can GIS both support and undercut principles of freedom of information?
- To what extent may questions of legal liability limit the exchange of GIS data and boundary files among government agencies?
- Is it acceptable for a government agency to borrow and use GIS data that lies beyond the immediate needs of its administrative mandate?
- What ethical issues are raised by the use of space-based remote sensing technology for scientific and commercial GIS applications?
Limit your answers to no more than 100 words.
- Explain how liability as become an important issue in GIS and other automated systems. Give one example of how "negligence" may expose GIS or mapping projects to legal action.
- Due to concerns about liability, many digital files are now supplied with disclaimers. Does the use of disclaimers absolve a firm from all possible charges of negligence? Why?
- Explain why "privacy has fallen victim to the computer age"?
- What legal issues are likely to slow the widespread exchange and interchange of GIS data among government agencies and commercial users.
- Describe a situation in which use of a GIS might lead to a legal conflict?
- List three types of legal liability that can apply to GIS projects and products?
- What is the meaning of the term "informational mosaic" and what are its dangers?
- Why have some nations greatly restricted access to the Internet?
- What are two examples of why we should be concerned with privacy in the context of GIS?
- How might GIS and other information technologies such as the Internet lead to more effective, efficient, and responsive government? How might these technologies act in the opposite way?
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Created on 16 Jan 96. Revised on 5 February 2000. LNC