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Cyberethics : Social and Moral Issues in the Computer Age (00 Edition)

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The amazing transformation of society brought about by the wide dispersion of computers has given rise to new moral dilemmas. With the rapid development of this technology, the impact of computers on privacy, personal identity, intellectual property, and the form and practice of democracy is becoming more apparent every day. Inevitably, this penetration of computer technology into our private and social lives has a moral dimension, which raises questions about our conduct and requires moral reflection and decision-making. The twenty-six groundbreaking essays collected in this insightful anthology define the nature of this new moral landscape and offer thoughtful answers to the ethical questions raised by the interaction of people and computers.

Divided into five sections, the volume begins with a definition of cyberethics. There is general agreement with James H. Moor's basic definition of the field as "the formulation and justification of policies for the ethical use of computers." Next the issues of anonymity and personal identity are considered. Computers provide individuals with a unique opportunity to create personae for the virtual world that are quite distinct from their normal identities. What are the moral dimensions of creating virtual personalities?

Perhaps the most pressing ethical issue is addressed in the next section on privacy. The ability of computers to store vast amounts of information on any individual raises the harrowing specter of a Big Brother society in the not-too-distant future. How should information be used and how might it be abused? What safeguards are needed to protect privacy as information technology becomes ever more sophisticated?

In the fourth section, questions concerning ownership of intellectual property and copyright law are considered. How can the rights of authorship be protected in the context of the internet?

Finally, the fifth section explores the debate now taking place regarding the impact of computers on democracy. Do computers offer new possibilities for enhancing democracy or will this prospect turn out to be a myth?

This is a much needed anthology of thought-provoking articles on the critical moral issues facing our "brave new world."

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Following an opening section that defines cyberethics, this anthology of 26 essays explores anonymity, personal identity, and the moral dimensions of creating new personalities; privacy; ownership of intellectual property and copyright law; and the impact of computers on democracy and community.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The penetration of computer technology in society has given rise to new moral dilemmas. The 26 ground-breaking essays in this insightful anthology define the nature of this new moral landscape and offer thoughtful answers to the ethical questions raised by the interaction of people and computers.

About the Author

Robert M. Baird (Waco, TX) is chair of the Philosophy Department at Baylor University, where Stuart E. Rosenbaum is professor of philosophy. Baird and Rosenbaum are coeditors of Prometheus's Contemporary Issues Series.

Reagan Ramsower is an associate dean of technology and a professor at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573927901
Editor:
Baird, Robert M.
Editor:
Rosenbaum, Stuart E.
Editor:
Baird, Robert M.
Editor:
Rosenbaum, Stuart E.
Editor:
Ramsower, Reagan M.
Author:
Ramsower, Reagan Mays
Author:
Rosenbaum, Stuart E.
Author:
Baird, Robert M.
Editor:
Ramsower, Reagan M.
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Location:
Amherst, N.Y. :
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Computers
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
Computers Reference-Social Aspects
Subject:
General Computers
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Contemporary Issues
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
355
Dimensions:
8.46x5.40x.74 in. .91 lbs.

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