Information Technology and Moral Philosophy (Google eBook)

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Jeroen van den Hoven, John Weckert
Cambridge University Press, Mar 31, 2008 - Philosophy - 415 pages
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Information technology is an integral part of the practices and institutions of post-industrial society. It is also a source of hard moral questions and thus is both a probing and relevant area for moral theory. In this volume, an international team of philosophers sheds light on many of the ethical issues arising from information technology, including informational privacy, digital divide and equal access, e-trust and tele-democracy. Collectively, these essays demonstrate how accounts of equality and justice, property and privacy benefit from taking into account how information technology has shaped our social and epistemic practices and our moral experiences. Information technology changes the way that we look at the world and deal with one another. It calls, therefore, for a re-examination of notions such as friendship, care, commitment and trust.
  

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Contents

Norbert Wiener and the Rise of Information Ethics Terrell Ward Bynum
8
Why We Need Better Ethics for Emerging Technologies
26
Information Ethics Its Nature and Scope
40
The Transformation of the Public Sphere Political Authority Communicative Freedom and Internet Publics
66
Democracy and the Internet
93
The Social Epistemology of Blogging
111
Plural Selves and Relational Identity Intimacy and Privacy Online
123
Identity and Information Technology
142
Collective Responsibility and Information and Communication Technology
226
Computers as Surrogate Agents
251
Moral Philosophy Information Technology and Copyright The Grokster Case
270
Information Technology Privacy and the Protection of Personal Data
301
Embodying Values in Technology Theory and Practice
322
Information Technology Research Ethics
354
Distributive Justice and the Value of Information A Broadly Rawlsian Approach
376
Select Bibliography
397

Trust Reliance and the Internet
161
Esteem Identifiability and the Internet
175
Culture and Global Networks Hope for a Global Ethics?
195

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Page 14 - It is the thesis of this book that society can only be understood through a study of the messages and the communication facilities which belong to it; and that in the future development of these messages and communication facilities, messages between man and machines, between machines and man, and between machine and machine, are destined to play an ever increasing part.
Page 11 - Information is a name for the content of what is exchanged with the outer world as we adjust to it, and make our adjustment felt upon it.

About the author (2008)

John Weckert is a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Australia. He is editor-in-chief of NanoEthics: Ethics for Technologies that Converge at the Nanoscale and has published widely in the field of computer ethics.

Jeroen van den Hoven is Professor of Moral Philosophy at Delft University of Technology. He is editor-in-chief of Ethics and Information Technology, a member of the IST Advisory Group of the European Community in Brussels, scientific director of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology in the Netherlands, and co-author, with Dean Cocking, of Evil Online.

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