Social Welfare Ethics in the Information Age - Focusing on Dataveillance through Social Welfare Information System -

사회복지정보화의 윤리적 쟁점 - 사회보장정보시스템을 통한 데이터감시를 중심으로-

  • 김수영 (계명대학교 사회복지학과)
  • Received : 2016.01.11
  • Accepted : 2016.02.21
  • Published : 2016.02.28

Abstract

The article aims to discuss ethical issues of social welfare informationisation, focusing on dataveillance through social welfare information system in South Korea. The Korean government plans to upgrade social welfare information system, by strengthening welfare fraud tracking and adding blind spot discovering functions. However, surveillance over poor population's data is inevitable when conducting such investigations. This article reviews current debates on dataveillance. It then conducts a case study on social welfare dataveillance in South Korea, asking what ethical problems lie in the dataveillance in terms of privacy, accuracy, property, and accessibility issues. Subsequently, this paper identifies three fundamental ethical dilemmas of social welfare in the informational age. Finally, it suggests policy alternatives to tackle the ethical problems and dilemmas of social welfare informationisation.

Keywords

welfare fraud;blind spot;data matching;data mining;investigation;social welfare ethics

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