Ethics, Information and Technology: Readings / Edition 1

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Leaders in the emerging field of information ethics discuss five topics: freedom of information and the pursuit of knowledge; information, technology and education; information, rights and social justice; ethics and the Internet; and professional ethics. The essays have been drawn from many periodicals, including Library Journal, Daedalus, The Nation, Journal of Information Ethics and Wired.

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Library Journal


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A major contribution to the growing body of literature that seeks to define and expand information age paradigms...find space for this one.


Introduc[es] the reader to a varied set of complex issues, and to some of the more thoughtful writers who have addressed those issues.

Comprises a collection of 21 essays in which leaders and icons in the field of information ethics discuss the challenges associated with advances in technology. The essays are divided into five subject areas: freedom of information and the pursuit of knowledge; information, technology, and education; information, rights, and social justice; ethics and the Internet; and professional ethics. Authors range from John Stuart Mill to the ACLU's Nadine Strossen. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786403929
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard N. Stichler is a professor of philosophy at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. Robert Hauptman is professor emeritus of St. Cloud State University and editor of the Journal of Information Ethics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Freedom of Information and the Pursuit of Knowledge
Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion 7
New Threats to Free Thought 21
Academic and Artistic Freedom 45
Untruth or Consequences? 64
II Information, Technology, and Education
Information, Technology, and the Virtues of Ignorance 79
Do Expert Systems Have a Moral Cost? 95
Umberto Eco on Libraries: A Discussion of "De Bibliotheca" 100
Education and Technology: Virtual Students, Digital Classroom 112
Unabomber's Secret Treatise: Is There Method in His Madness? 120
III Information, Rights, and Social Justice
Utilitarianism, Information and Rights 131
Communications Privacy: Implications for Network Design 152
Ethics in the Information Market 169
Librarianship and Public Culture in the Age of Information Capitalism 184
IV Ethics and the Internet
The Freedom of Information Act: Public Access in the Computer Age 203
Access Denied: Information Policy and the Limits of Liberalism 207
Justice and Social Equity in Cyberspace 231
Misconduct on the Information Highway: Abuse and Misuse of the Internet 241
Computers, Pornography, and Conflicting Rights 255
V Professional Ethics
The Origin of Professionalism: Sociological Conclusions and Ethical Implications 261
The Ideological Use of Professional Codes 273
Professionalism or Culpability? An Experiment in Ethics 291
Appendix: Codes of Professional Ethics
American Association of University Professors: Statement on Professional Ethics (from AAUP Policy Documents and Reports [1995] 105-106) 299
American Association of University Professors: Statement on Freedom and Responsibility (from AAUP Policy Documents and Reports [1995] 107-108) 301
American Association of University Professors: Statement on Plagiarism (from AAUP Policy Documents and Reports [1995] 109-110) 304
American Library Association: ALA Code of Ethics 307
American Library Association: Library Bill of Rights (from Intellectual Freedom Manual, 3rd ed., p. 3) 308
Notes on Contributors 309
Index 311
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