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Whistle-blowing - 'Somebody has to take a stand'

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Zelby, L.W. ; Sch. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Oklahoma Univ., Norman, OK, USA

The problems associated with whistle-blowing, the motives for which can range from sheer spitefulness and/or desire for personal gain to a deep concern for the welfare of the society, for ethics, propriety, or safety, are examined. Chief among the problems is the general opprobrium attached to the whistle-blower. The article suggests a procedure that will protect both parties; the whistle-blower in legitimate instances in which culpability can be unequivocally established, i.e. nonmalicious instances of whistle-blowing; and those on whom the whistle was blown frivolously or with malicious intent.<>

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Technology and Society Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 3 )