The 2018 Yearbook of the Digital Ethics Lab

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Carl Öhman, David Watson
Springer Nature, Oct 10, 2019 - Philosophy - 224 pages
This book explores a wide range of topics in digital ethics. It features 11 chapters that analyze the opportunities and the ethical challenges posed by digital innovation, delineate new approaches to solve them, and offer concrete guidance to harness the potential for good of digital technologies. The contributors are all members of the Digital Ethics Lab (the DELab), a research environment that draws on a wide range of academic traditions.
The chapters highlight the inherently multidisciplinary nature of the subject, which cannot be separated from the epistemological foundations of the technologies themselves or the political implications of the requisite reforms. Coverage illustrates the importance of expert knowledge in the project of designing new reforms and political systems for the digital age. The contributions also show how this task requires a deep self-understanding of who we are as individuals and as a species.
The questions raised here have ancient -- perhaps even timeless -- roots. The phenomena they address may be new. But, the contributors examine the fundamental concepts that undergird them: good and evil, justice and truth. Indeed, every epoch has its great challenges. The role of philosophy must be to redefine the meaning of these concepts in light of the particular challenges it faces. This is true also for the digital age. This book takes an important step towards redefining and re-implementing fundamental ethical concepts to this new era.
 

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Contents

Digital Ethics Goals and Approach
1
Digital Ethics Its Nature and Scope
9
Do We Need a Critical Evaluation of the Role of Mathematics in Data Science?
18
Using Data from Git and GitHub in Ethnographies of Software Development
35
The Price of Discovery A Model of Scientific Research Markets
51
Projecting AICrime A Review of Plausible Threats
64
The Challenges of Cyber Deterrence
85
Internet Governance and Human Rights A Literature Review
105
Privacy Risks and Responses in the Digital Age
133
Digitalised Legal Information Towards a New Publication Model
148
From Bones to Bytes A New Chapter in the History of Death
167
The Green and the Blue Naïve Ideas to Improve Politics in a Mature Information Society
183
Index
222
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Carl Öhman is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. His research looks at the ethical challenges regarding commercial management of ‘digital human remains’. David Watson is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, where his research focuses on the epistemological foundations of machine learning. His interests fall at the intersection of philosophy, computer science, and sociology.