Ethics, Information and Technology

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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Richard N. Stichler and Robert Hauptman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 331
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1998]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4095-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

Introduction      1

Richard N. Stichler and Robert Hauptman

I. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE

Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion      7

John Stuart Mill

New Threats to Free Thought      21

Jonathan Rauch

Academic and Artistic Freedom      45

Nadine Strossen

Untruth or Consequences?       64

John C. Swan

II. INFORMATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND EDUCATION

Information, Technology, and the Virtues of Ignorance      79

Daniel C. Dennett

Do Expert Systems Have a Moral Cost?       95

Mark Alfino

Umberto Eco on Libraries: A Discussion of “De Bibliotheca”       100

Michael F. Winter

Education and Technology: Virtual Students, Digital Classroom      112

Neil Postman

Unabomber’s Secret Treatise: Is There Method in His Madness?       120

Kirkpatrick Sale

III. INFORMATION, RIGHTS, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Utilitarianism, Information and Rights      131

Partha Dasgupta

Communications Privacy: Implications for Network Design      152

Marc Rotenberg

Ethics in the Information Market      169

Richard N. Stichler

Librarianship and Public Culture in the Age of Information Capitalism      184

Henry T. Blanke

IV. ETHICS AND THE INTERNET

The Freedom of Information Act: Public Access in the Computer Age      203

Senator Patrick Leahy

Access Denied: Information Policy and the Limits of Liberalism      207

Grant H. Kester

Justice and Social Equity in Cyberspace      231

Ronald Doctor

Misconduct on the Information Highway: Abuse and Misuse of the Internet      241

Susan Hallam

Computers, Pornography, and Conflicting Rights      255

Virgina Rezmierski

V. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

The Origin of Professionalism: Sociological Conclusions and Ethical Implications      261

Lisa Newton

The Ideological Use of Professional Codes      273

John Kultgen

Professionalism or Culpability? An Experiment in Ethics      291

Robert Hauptman

Appendix: Codes of Professional Ethics American Association of University Professors:

Statement on Professional Ethics

(from AAUP Policy Documents and Reports [1995] 105–106)      299

Statement on Freedom and Responsibility

(from AAUP Policy Documents and Reports [ 1995] 107–108)      301

Statement on Plagiarism

(from AAUP Policy Documents and Reports [1995] 109–110)      304

American Library Association: ALA Code of Ethics      307

Library Bill of Rights

(from Intellectual Freedom Manual, 3rd ed., p. 3)      308

Notes on Contributors      309

Index      311

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Library Journal; “a major contribution to the growing body of literature that seeks to define and expand information age paradigms…find space for this one”—Public Libraries; “introduc[es] the reader to a varied set of complex issues, and to some of the more thoughtful writers who have addressed those issues”—LISCA; “the collection affords the pleasure of discovering something to make one stop and think about information and how it affects values and ethics”—Booklist; “brings together essays that deal with key issues in information ethics from a variety of standpoints…worthwhile and perhaps salutary reading”—The Library Association Record; “useful”—Choice; “a collection of serious, well-documented essays which demand the reader’s full attention”—The Australian Library Journal; “these readings both teach and delight—Journal of the American Society for Information Science; “filled with useful information and challenging argumentation…should be of interest to anyone concerned with the ethical implications of recent developments in computer technology”—The Library Quarterly.