Ethical issues in telecommunications

There are many types of ethical issues in telecommunications from concerns about harmful content (sex, violence, nudity, stereotypes, unrealistic body image, consumerism, etc.) to biased political coverage to privacy issues, network neutrality, anticompetitive business practices, unintended consequences of technology, and more. As Professor Plaisance noted in his guest lecture, the goal of ethics is to anticipate ethical issues before they arise, consider the various stakeholders and your duty to each, and reduce the harm as much as possible.
Anticipate ethical issues: For example, what are the possible outcomes and side effects of the decision to create and distribute a TV show about vaccinations? A video game about school shootings? A song that celebrates sexual assault? Facial recognition software? A traffic app that can indicate sobriety checkpoints? A social media platform that allows advertising targeted to religion or political beliefs? How likely is each possible outcome?
Consider the stakeholders: Audience, clients, investors, coworkers, boss, community, colleagues in your profession, customers/clients who rely on your technology, society, etc. What is your duty to each group? How big is the potential harm to each group?
Reduce the harm: The goal is to eliminate all harm, but that is rarely possible. For example. a show about suicide might encourage some viewers to seek help but cause other viewers to attempt suicide. An encryption app might help dissidents avoid jail but also help criminals escape justice. Are there ways you can reduce the harm as much as possible? When should the public’s ‘right to know” outweigh an individual’s “right to privacy?”