I am not an expert in ethics or in law. I am just an ordinary technologist who has experienced several decades of evolution within business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW). However, I have recently become concerned about where our technology is leading us. I feel that there is an absence of leadership and wisdom about BI ethics and about ethics of information technology (IT) in general.

Legal guidance seems immature and confusing. Yes, there are gems of insight into difficult topics such as privacy. However, most visible are individuals or groups on a crusade pushing their own agenda. Where is the practical advice for the poor BI professionals in the trenches, dealing with the messy issues?

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