In this report we look at concepts of information systems that are relevant to ‘Trouble with the Terrorist Watch List Database’. We will also address why the watch list was created and what communication benefits it has. There have been a number of weaknesses addressed within the case study we will have a look at what management, organisation and technology factors are responsible and what I would do to rectify these issues. Lastly have privacy and constitutional rights been threated and the importance of business ethics.
The world stood still on 11 September 2001 when devastating attacks were carried out on the World Trade Centres in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. In the months and years that followed questions were asked how did this happen. In light of these events the Terrorist Screening Centre was launched and the collaboration of a terrorist watch list was born to enhance communication between government agencies. Subsets of the Terrorist Screening Centre watch list, such as the ‘No-Fly’ list was added. The watch list has come under scrutiny due to the size and the inaccuracies it contains. There have been many people included on the list simply because they share their name with a suspicious person.
For security measures reliant on identification of suspicious persons, a lack of information regarding the names of suspects is a key issue. As the list contains many duplicated names and suspect alias, non-terrorists have been inconvenienced by the security checks as they travel throughout the United States.
What Information System concepts are illustrated in this case?
We are able to defined Information Systems as a collaboration of hardware, software, data, people and telecommunications networks that work together to provide information to an organisation. Information is data that has been put into a meaningful and useful context and communicated to a recipient who uses it to...