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The guest lecture, titled “Emphasizing the Relevance and Importance of Ethics in the IT Profession,” was conducted to final year IT and AI&DS students on 09-Sep-2023 by the industry mentor Mr. Kamal Palanivel, Packaged Application Development Associate Manager, Accenture, Bengaluru. The lecture aimed to shed light on the significance of ethics in the Information Technology field.

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The lecture commenced by establishing the concept of IT ethics, emphasizing its significance as a guiding framework for the ethical behavior and decision-making of IT professionals. It then delved into various ethical dilemmas encountered in the IT industry, offering concrete examples that underscored the complex nature of ethical choices in the digital landscape, including concerns related to data privacy, security breaches, and intellectual property. The speaker highlighted the far-reaching consequences of unethical behavior, extending beyond personal and professional repercussions to legal and societal impacts.

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The guest lecture also drew attention to the value of adhering to established professional codes of conduct, such as those provided by organizations like ACM and IEEE, as essential guides for ethical behavior. Attendees were equipped with practical ethical decision-making frameworks, including utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics, enabling them to navigate real-world ethical challenges with more clarity. Additionally, the lecture underlined the pivotal role of ethical leadership within IT organizations, underscoring how leaders play a crucial part in setting the ethical tone for their teams.

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The guest lecture successfully emphasized the relevance and importance of ethics in the IT profession. It highlighted the ethical dilemmas faced by IT professionals and provided guidance on how to make ethical decisions. Attendees gained a deeper understanding of the impact of unethical behavior in the IT field and were encouraged to uphold high ethical standards in their careers.

The lecture concluded with an engaging Q&A session, where participants had the opportunity to seek clarification and further insights on ethical matters in IT.