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The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics, ISBN-13: 978-0471799597
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704 pages
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 1 edition (May 27, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0471799599
ISBN-13: 978-0471799597

This handbook provides an accessible overview of the most important issues in information and computer ethics. It covers: foundational issues and methodological frameworks; theoretical issues affecting property, privacy, anonymity, and security; professional issues and the information-related professions; responsibility issues and risk assessment; regulatory issues and challenges; access and equity issues. Each chapter explains and evaluates the central positions and arguments on the respective issues, and ends with a bibliography that identifies the most important supplements available on the topic.

Discover how developments in information technology are raising new ethical debates

Information and computer ethics has emerged as an important area of philosophical and social theorizing, combining conceptual, meta-ethical, normative, and applied elements. As a result, academic interest in this area has increased dramatically, particularly in computer science, philosophy, and communications departments; business schools; information and library schools; and law schools.

The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics responds to this growing interest with twenty-seven chapters that address both traditional and current issues in information and computer ethics research. It is organized into six parts:

– Foundational Issues and Methodological Frameworks

– Theoretical Issues Affecting Property, Privacy, Anonymity, and Security

– Professional Issues and the Information-Related Professions

– Responsibility Issues and Risk Assessment

– Regulatory Issues and Challenges

– Access and Equity Issues

Each chapter, written by one or more of the most influential ethicists in their fields of expertise, explains and evaluates the central positions and arguments on the respective issues. Chapters end with a bibliography that identifies the most important supplementary books and papers available on the topic.

This handbook provides an accessible, yet sophisticated, overview of the most important issues we face in information and computer ethics today. It is an ideal supplemental text for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in information and computer ethics, and is also of interest to readers who are involved in library science, computer science, or philosophy.

About the Author

Kenneth Einar HIMMA, PhD, JD, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Seattle Pacific University. His research interests include legal philosophy, applied ethics, information ethics, and computer ethics. Dr. Himma has authored more than 100 scholarly articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and op-ed newspaper pieces, as well as a book, Internet Security: Hacking, Counterhacking, and Society.

Herman T. Tavani, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy at Rivier College (New Hampshire) and President of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). He also holds appointments as a visiting lecturer at Boston College and as a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health. Professor Tavani is the author, editor, or coeditor of five books, including Ethics and Technology (Wiley), now in its second edition.

Table of contents

Foreword (Deborah G. Johnson).

Preface.

Contributors.

Introduction (Kenneth Einar Himma and Herman T. Tavani).

PART I: FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES AND METHODOLOGICAL FRAMEWORKS.

1. Foundations of Information Ethics (Luciano Floridi).

2. Milestones in the History of Information Ethics (Terrell Ward Bynum).

3. Moral Methodology and Information Technology (Jeroen van den Hoven).

4. Value Sensitive Design and Information Systems (Batya Friedman, Peter H. Kahn, and Alan Borning).

PART II: THEORETICAL ISSUES AFFECTING PROPERTY, PRIVACY, ANONYMITY, AND SECURITY.

5. Personality-Based, Rule Utilitarian, and Lockean Justifications of Intellectual Property (Adam D. Moore).

6. Informational Privacy: Concepts, Theories, and Controversies (Herman T. Tavani).

7. Online Anonymity (Kathleen A. Wallace).

8. Ethical Issues Involving Computer Security: Hacking, Hacktivism, and Counterhacking (Kenneth Einar Himma).

PART III: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND THE INFORMATION-RELATED PROFESSIONS.

9. Information Ethics and the Library Profession (Kay Mathiesen and Don Fallis).

10. Ethical Interest in Free and Open Source Software (Frances S. Grodzinsky and Marty J. Wolf).

11. Internet Research Ethics: The Field and its Critical Issues (Elizabeth A. Buchanan and Charles Ess).

12. Health Information Technology: Challenges in Ethics, Science, and Uncertainty (Kenneth W. Goodman).

13. Ethical Issues of Information and Business (Bernd Carsten Stahl).

PART IV: RESPONSIBILITY ISSUES AND RISK ASSESSMENT.

14. Responsibilities for Information on the Internet (Anton Vedder).

15. Virtual Reality and Computer Simulation (Philip Brey).

16. Genetic Information: Epistemological and Ethical Issues (Antonio Marturano).

17. The Ethics of Cyber Conflict (Dorothy E. Denning).

18. A Practical Mechanism for Ethical Risk Assessment – A SoDIS Inspection (Don Gotterbarn, Tony Clear, and Choon-Tuck Kwan).

PART V: REGULATORY ISSUES AND CHALLENGES.

19. Regulation and Governance on the Internet (John Weckert and Yeslam Al-Saggaf).

20. Information Overload (David M. Levy).

21. Email Spam (Keith W. Miller and James H. Moor).

22. The Matter of Plagiarism: What, Why, and If (John Snapper).

23. Intellectual Property: Legal and Moral Challenges of Online File Sharing (Richard A. Spinello).

PART VI: ACCESS AND EQUITY ISSUES.

24. Censorship and Access to Information (Kay Mathiesen).

25. The Gender Agenda in Computer Ethics (Alison Adam).

26. The Digital Divide: Perspective for the Future (Maria Canellopoulou-Botti and Kenneth Einar Himma).

27. Intercultural Information Ethics (Rafael Capurro).

Index.

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