Information Ethics: Privacy, Property, and Power

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Adam D. Moore
University of Washington Press, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 455 pages
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This anthology focuses on the ethical issues surrounding information control in the broadest sense. Anglo-American institutions of intellectual property protect and restrict access to vast amounts of information. Ideas and expressions captured in music, movies, paintings, processes of manufacture, human genetic information, and the like are protected domestically and globally.The ethical issues and tensions surrounding free speech and information control intersect in at least two important respects. First, the commons of thought and expression is threatened by institutions of copyright, patent, and trade secret. While institutions of intellectual property may be necessary for innovation and social progress they may also be detrimental when used by the privileged and economically advantaged to control information access, consumption, and expression. Second, free speech concerns have been allowed to trump privacy interests in all but the most egregious of cases.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
An Ethical Framework for Analysis
21
Introduction to Moral Reasoning
30
Utilitarianism
47
The Metaphysics of Morals
66
Feminist Transformations of Moral Theory
85
Discussion Cases
110
Are Patents and Copyrights Morally Justified?
123
Evaluative Surveillance v Privacy
251
Personal Autonomy and Caller ID
265
Rationales for Freedom of Speech
278
A Theory of Freedom
297
Privacy Photography and the Press
355
Governmental and Societal Control of Information
375
Accountability as a Personal and Social
398
National Security at What Price? A Look into Civil Liberty
417

Biopiracy or Bioprivateering?
169
Why Collaborative Free Works Should be Protected by
191
Discussion Cases
207
Privacy Property and the
226
Discussion Cases
442
Index
451
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