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Title: Should filtering software be utilised in the workplace? Australian employees' attitudes towards internet usage and surveillance of the internet in the workplace
Authors: Whitty, Monica T.
First Published: 2004
Publisher: Surveillance Studies Network
Citation: Surveillance and Society, 2004, 2 (1), pp. 39-54 (16)
Abstract: The notion of Internet and email monitoring in the workplace is a debatable issue. Some would argue that surveillance is necessary to prevent ‘cyberslacking’ which can lead to loss of productivity and be a waste of a company’s resources. In contrast, others contend that cyberspace is a private space that employers do not have the right to intercept. There is currently a dearth of available Australian baseline research available on employees’ opinions on Internet and email activity in the workplace. This paper reports the findings from a survey, which asked Australians about their attitudes on appropriate usage of the Internet and email in the workplace, and their opinions on filtering software. This study considers whether gender, working for a company which has implemented a company policy, and number of hours of Internet usage in the workplace are useful predictors of attitudes towards Internet and email behaviour in the workplace. This study concludes that individuals do condemn some Internet and email activities in the workplace, such as downloading material that might offend or harasses others. However, participants did not all agree that filtering software is the only solution to preventing inappropriate Internet and email behaviours. Furthermore, this study found that, at least in the Australian workplace, there is a need to begin seriously questioning what is appropriate Netiquette.
ISSN: 1477-7487
eISSN: 1477-7487
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2004 Surveillance & Society and the author(s). Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available from the journal website. Surveillance & Society uses a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
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