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Lies—Damn Lies—and the Internet
July/August 2010 (vol. 12 no. 4)
pp. 10-11
Keith W. Miller, University of Illinois at Springfield

A symposium paper's results show that even with a strong warning about possible deceptions, people erred on the side of trusting those sending them information. Why? Is this another strange psychological effect of computer-mediated communications? No, but this "truth bias" is ethically important for IT professionals.

1. M. Woodworth et al., "Suspicion in Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication: Preliminary Results," Proc. Credibility Assessment and Information Quality in Government and Business Symp., 43rd Hawaii Int'l Conf. System Sciences (HICSS 10), 2010, www.hicss.hawaii.edu/ReportsFullProceedings.pdf .
2. A. Vrij, Detecting Lies and Deceit: The Psychology of Lying and Implications for Profession Practice, Wiley & Sons, 2000.

Index Terms:
Information technology, ethics, truth bias, computer-mediated communication
Citation:
Keith W. Miller, "Lies—Damn Lies—and the Internet," IT Professional, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 10-11, July-Aug. 2010, doi:10.1109/MITP.2010.112
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