Information and communications technology played a significant role in the recent economic growth of China, which now ranks as the second largest economy in the world. As a result, China faces many social and ethical challenges common to technology-advanced countries. Ethical reasoning and practices are often influenced by cultural expectations and regional norms. The purpose of this study is to investigate IT ethics decision making in different regions of China.

An IT ethics survey was developed and administered in four regions in China with different degrees of westernization. The data were analyzed using standard cross tabulation and Chi-square test techniques. Preliminary results reveal observable differences among subjects from the four regions with respect to their decision choices, reasons for the choices, the scope of consideration, and the stage of their moral development. In particular, the subject group that was exposed to the strongest western influence, showed the highest degree of individualism in ethics decision making.