Information Ethics

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Information Ethics: Privacy and Intellectual Property provides an up-to-date discussion of the main ethical issues that face today's information-intensive society, including the areas of intellectual property rights, privacy, accessibility and censorship. The explosive growth of information technology, increased competition in the global marketplace, and the rush to use information in an effort to protect society from terrorism has led to the unintended erosion of rights and duties that are often considered fundamental. Through chapters written by some of today's leading information ethics researchers, this book provides the reader with a thorough overview of the current state of information ethics, the dangers and opportunities presented by information technology, and potential solutions to the risks currently faced by today's information society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591404910
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • Publication date: 11/30/2004
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. I Revisiting Mason : the last 18 years and onward 1
Ch. II Moral psychology and information ethics : psychological distance and the components of moral behavior in a digital world 19
Ch. III Designing a moral dilemma support system 38
Ch. IV Intellectual property rights - or rights to the immaterial - in digitally distributable media gone all wrong 53
Ch. V Intellectual property rights, resource allocation and ethical usefulness 68
Ch. VI Software piracy : possible causes and cures 84
Ch. VII Does 'public access' imply 'ubiquitous' or 'immediate'? : issues surrounding public documents online 100
Ch. VIII Ethical management of consumer information : solving the problem of information externality using the Coasian approach 120
Ch. IX Ethics of "parasitic computing" : fair use or abuse of TCP/IP over the Internet? 143
Ch. X Counterterrorism and privacy : the changing landscape of surveillance and civil liberties 163
Ch. XI Balancing individual privacy rights and intelligence needs : procedural-based vs. distributive-based justice perspectives on the PATRIOT Act 180
Ch. XII Information imbalance in medical decision making : upsetting the balance 197
Ch. XIII HIPAA : privacy and security in health care networks 219
Ch. XIV Limitations of having diversity in codes of information ethics : a professional and corporate perspective 239
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