An Ethical Global Information Society: Culture and democracy by Jacques Berleur (auth.), Jacques Berleur, Diane Whitehouse

By Jacques Berleur (auth.), Jacques Berleur, Diane Whitehouse (eds.)

Many demanding situations lie forward within the improvement of a world info society. tradition and democracy are components that may be less than specific risk. The e-book displays on trendy complicated and unsure cultural and democratic advancements coming up due to an more and more international, technologically-connected global. specifically it makes a speciality of the web, reading new metaphors for verbal exchange, defining the problems at stake and featuring techniques, activities and strategies. one of the concerns mentioned have been: multi-cultural advancements; cultural sensitivities and the involvement of cultural minorities; iteration gaps; gender matters; know-how entry for the aged and the disabled; know-how transfer.

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An Ethical Global Information Society: Culture and democracy revisited

Many demanding situations lie forward within the improvement of an international details society. tradition and democracy are parts that could be lower than specific probability. The booklet displays on trendy advanced and unsure cultural and democratic advancements bobbing up because of an more and more worldwide, technologically-connected international.

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The result is extraterritoriality and legal ambiguity. In the Oxford Dictionary, society means a social mode of life, the customs and organization of a civilized nation or an association of persons united by a common aim or interest or principle. Therefore cyberspace has citizens - citizens that may be individuals, organizations or governments. And citizenship of a nation and cf cyberspace can be concurrent. Rights and obligations relate to roles both as citizens of a particular nation and of cyberspace, with an over-riding responsibility to citizenship of the global society.

The new problems just need to be recognized and controlled. Here the IT community's interest in ethics comes in; to be in control of the situation through agreed codes. But what are the general ethics which should be broadened or reinterpreted to make them contain and explain IT related problems? Teleological and deontological principles represent almost opposing ethical views here. Teleological principles emphasize goals and ends, the good over the right; utilitarianism is one of the well-known theories within this category.

Culture remains the way to fmd new political and economic regulations, according to the genius of nations and particular people. ) The above point of view fmds a resonance in the opinion of Oz in his recent book (1994): Information technology revolutionized the way in which we conduct many aspects of our lives. The tremendous technological advancement in the area cf computers and related devices created unforeseen situations that necessitate new ethical considerations. Important issues like piracy, free speech, and protection of intellectual property have new meanings in the information age.

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