The evaluation of the internet usage habits of public employees in kastamonu

Author:Ersin Kavi - Orhan Koçak
Position:Lecturer, Ph.D. Economics and Business Administration Faculty, Department of Labour Economics, Yalova University - Lecture, Ph.D. Economics and Business Administration Faculty, Department of Labour Economics, Yalova University
Pages:310-322
SUMMARY

Changes in the last 10 years in information technology have increased the use of computers and internet. The changes brought about fundamental changes the way we do business and behave in social life from communication and reaching information to daily habits. Effective use of the information technology, which has become the main condition of being competitive at work, has required all employees... (see full summary)

 
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310 Lex ET Scientia. Administrative Series
LESIJ NO. XVIII, VOL. 1/2011
THE EVALUATION OF THE INTERNET USAGE HABITS
OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES IN KASTAMONU
Ersin KAVİ
Orhan KOÇAK
Abstract
Changes in the last 10 years in information technology have increased the use of computers
and internet. The changes brought about fundamental changes the way we do business and behave
in social life from communication and reaching information to daily habits. Effective use of the
information technology, which has become the main condition of being competitive at work, has
required all employees in public and private sectors to improve themselves in the computer and
internet usage. In addition, the public sector also encourages the use of internet via e-government
applications. Thus, the computers and internet play a big part in the work of public sector and its
employees as well.
The usage of computers and the internet in working places not only have changed the way
we do business also have changed some ethical rules and issues. They brought some complicated
problems for people, organizations and states. Online fraud, carelessness, negligence, viruses,
system crashing, broadcasting personal information are among the most well-known ethical
problems related to computers and internet and caused by employees. In addition to these,
personal use of computers and internet by employees for their private usage during working hours
create another problem.
The objective of the study is to reveal the internet usage habits and behaviors of public
employees at work, using a field research that was carried out in Kastamonu that is a city of north
of Turkey. It is especially of interest how and for what purposes the chat programs, which
encourage the use of internet, are used. The results are analyzed from the point of view of public
ethics. The data is collected from the state servants in Kastamonu and is analyzed on SPSS
statistic program.
Keywords: Ethic, Internet, Instant Mesa, public ethic, information technology
I. Introduction
Today, to reach and have information technologies is easier than before because of
technological advances. Everybody in every class and age in society is using computer and
internet. When the Turkish Statistical Institute’s databases are investigated, we see remarkable
results. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute’s databases, the rate of computer usage of
people between 16-74 ages is 38% and the rate of the internet usage is 35% in 2008
(tuik.gov.tr,2008). These increasing rates show the same levels with the rates of the usage of
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Lecturer, Ph.D. Economics and Business Administration Faculty, Department of Labour Economics, Yalova
University (e-mail: ekavi@yalova.edu.tr).
Lecture, Ph.D. Economics and Business Administration Faculty, Department of Labour Economics, Yalova
University (e-mail: okocak@yalova.edu.tr).

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