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Information Technology and Moral Philosophy

Information Technology and Moral Philosophy

by Jeroen van den Hoven, John Weckert
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Information technology is an integral part of the practices and institutions of postindustrial society. It is also a source of hard moral questions and thus is both a probing and a 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, the digital divide and equal access, e-trust, and teledemocracy. Collectively, these essays demonstrate how accounts of equality and justice and 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521855495
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2008
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Public Policy Series
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Introduction 1

1 Norbert Wiener and the Rise of Information Ethics Terrell Ward Bynum 8

2 Why We Need Better Ethics for Emerging Technologies James H. Moor 26

3 Information Ethics: Its Nature and Scope Luciano Ftoridi 40

4 The Transformation of the Public Sphere: Political Authority, Communicative Freedom, and Internet Publics James Bohman 66

5 Democracy and the Internet Cass R. Sunstein 93

6 The Social Epistemology of Blogging Alvin I. Goldman 111

7 Plural Selves and Relational Identity: Intimacy and Privacy Online Dean Cocking 123

8 Identity and Information Technology Steve Matthews 142

9 Trust, Reliance, and the Internet Philip Pettit 161

10 Esteem, Identifiability, and the Internet Geoffrey Brennan Philip Pettit 175

l1 Culture and Global Networks: Hope for a Global Ethics? Charles Ess 195

12 Collective Responsibility and Information and Communication Technology Seumas Miller 226

13 Computers as Surrogate Agents Deborah G. Johnson Thomas M. Powers 251

14 Moral Philosophy, Information Technology, and Copyright: The Grokster Case Wendy J. Gordon 270

15 Information Technology, Privacy, and the Protection of Personal Data Jeroen van den Hoven 301

16 Embodying Values in Technology: Theory and Practice Mary Flanagan Daniel C. Howe Helen Nissenbaum 322

17 Information Technology Research Ethics Dag Elgesem 354

18 Distributive justice and die Value of Information: A (Broadly) Rawlsian Approach Jeroen van den Hoven Emma Rooksby 376

Select Bibliography 397

Index 401

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