Data Deception

To prepare for this Assignment, pay particular attention to the following learning resources

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources, especially:
    • Al-Saggaf, Y. (2015). The use of data mining by private health insurance companies and customers’ privacy: An ethical analysis. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 24(3), 281–292. doi:10.1017/S0963180114000607
    • Indvik, J., & Johnson, P. R. (2009). Liar! Liar! Your pants are on fire: Deceptive communication in the workplace. Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications & Conflict, 13(1), 1–8. Retrieved from
    • Pandey, A. V., Rall, K., Satterthwaite, M. L., Nov, O., & Bertini, E. (2015). How deceptive are deceptive visualizations?: An empirical analysis of common distortion techniques. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Korea, 1469–1478. doi:10.1145/2702123.2702608
  • Contemplate the following questions:
    • Have you ever had an occasion when you doubted the information you were presented because the form in which it was presented made you believe it was misleading? If so, what about the form made you feel this way?
    • What lessons can you take from the Learning Resources this week that you can use as a manager? Consider those key lessons and how you can use them in your daily work life.
  • Watch the video “Dangers of Wearing Glasses” in this week’s Learning Resources. Consider whether this data could be misinterpreted or whether someone might reach the wrong conclusions based on the way it was presented.

To complete the Assignment, compose a cohesive document that addresses the following:

  • Analyze at least one area of the video “Dangers of Wearing Glasses” in which you think someone might misinterpret the data presented, including why or how the data could be misinterpreted. Examine the consequence(s) that you think could result in the misinterpretation.
  • Identify the types of questions you would ask or strategies you would use to ascertain whether the individual providing the information has interpreted and presented it fairly and accurately.
  • Describe another example in which either biased or intentionally deceptive information had major consequences, or in which the failure to act on available information had major consequences, as in the space shuttle Challenger disaster.
  • Analyze what you think led to the situation in your example or why you think the information was presented in such a way, including the ethical dilemmas or implications associated with your example.
  • Based on what you have learned from your analysis of the “Dangers of Wearing Glasses” video, your example, the readings from this week, and your experience, explain how you think you would handle situations where you have to present data that delivers bad news or will have negative consequences.
  • Assess how your own values and ethics would affect your approach. Reflect on how your answer might change if you think that news could impact your organization in the short or long term (e.g., if the bad news might lead to lay-offs that might include you or might affect a potential job promotion, or if you are giving your leadership information on why a goal has not been met).

General Guidance: This week’s Assignment submission should be about 2–3 pages in length. Refer to the Week 5 Assignment Rubric for grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use this rubric to assess your work.

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