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Moral, Ethical, and Social Dilemmas in the Age of Technology

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Our social, educational, professional, and political ethics play a significant role in every aspect of our life. As technology continues to influence our society, these principles needs to be valued. Moral, Ethical, and Social Dilemmas in the Age of Technology: Theories and Practice highlights the innovations and developments in the ethical features of technology in society. This comprehensive collection brings together research in the areas of computer, engineering, and biotechnical ethics. These theoretical studies and innovative methodologies are essential for researchers, practitioners and philosophers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Associate Editors
    2. List of Reviewers
  5. Preface
    1. TECHNOETHICS AND NEW DILEMMAS IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY
  6. Section 1: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives
    1. Chapter 1: Virtue and Virtuality
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION: TECHNOETHICS AND THE MASTERS OF TOMORROW
      3. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE
      4. VIRTUE AND VIRTUALITY
      5. STEALING OR SHARING?
      6. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 2: Internet History
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE FORMATIVE YEARS
      4. ENTERING THE COMMERCIAL PHASE
      5. THE MASSIVE EXPANSION
      6. SOCIAL NETWORKING
      7. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 3: Laboring in Cyberspace
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. VIRTUAL PROPERTY RELATIONS
      4. THE COMMON AS A NATURAL SPACE
      5. THE SOCIAL COMMON
      6. LABOR AND THE CREATION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY
      7. WHO OWNS THE WORLD?
      8. CONCLUSION: THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF OWNERSHIP
    4. Chapter 4: Perverting Activism
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION: POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND MORAL HAZARD
      3. THE INTERNET AS A POLITICAL MEDIATING FRAMEWORK
      4. ACTIVISM PERVERTED
      5. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 5: On the Moral Equality of Artificial Agents1
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. MORAL STATUS AND PERSONHOOD
      4. AN EMPIRICAL TEST FOR EQUIVALENT MORAL STATUS
      5. CONCLUSION
  7. Section 2: Ethical Dilemmas of Technoselves in a Technosociety
    1. Chapter 6: Biometrics
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. NEW BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGIES
      4. WHAT ELSE?
      5. DISCUSSION ON THE LEGITIMACY OF BIOMETRICS
      6. DISCUSSION ON THE RELIABILITY OF BIOMETRICS
    2. Chapter 7: On Biometrics and Profiling
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. INTRODUCING BIOMETRICS: METHODOLOGIES AND APPLICATION
      4. 3. FOCUSING ON PROFILING
      5. 4. MEDIATING VIOLENCE THROUGH BIOMETRICS AND PROFILING: CAN DEMOCRATIC FREEDOM BE PUT IN JEOPARDY?
      6. 5. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 8: Cellular Telephones and Social Interactions
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHOD
      4. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
    4. Chapter 9: Socio-Technical Influences of Cyber Espionage
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. FINDINGS AND INTERPRETATIONS
      6. DISCUSSION
    5. Chapter 10: The Impact of Context on Employee Perceptions of Acceptable Non-Work Related Computing
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
      4. STUDY HYPOTHESES
      5. METHODOLOGY
      6. RESULTS
      7. IMPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS
      8. APPENDIX A
      9. APPENDIX B
    6. Chapter 11: Chicken Killers or Bandwidth Patriots?
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. THE ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF VIRTUAL REALITY
      3. CONCLUSION
  8. Section 3: Morality and Techno-Mediated Violence
    1. Chapter 12: Structural and Technology-Mediated Violence
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INDIVIDUAL AND STRUCTURAL/TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED VIOLENCE
      3. 2. VICTIMS AND TECHNOLOGICAL MEDIA
      4. 3. THE URGENT NEED FOR A PHILOSOPHY OF VIOLENCE
      5. 4. INTRODUCING TECHNOVIOLENCE: THE CASE OF PROFILING
      6. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 13: Fairness and Regulation of Violence in Technological Design
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. THE TAYLOR-RUSSELL DIAGRAM
      4. 3. FAIRNESS IN DESIGN
      5. 4. REGULATION OF THE COMMISSION OF VIOLENCE
      6. 5. REGULATION OF RESPONSES TO VIOLENCE
      7. 6. REGULATION OF INADVERTENT VIOLENCE
      8. 7. VIOLENCE, FAIRNESS, AND THE STATE
      9. 8. VIOLENCE, FAIRNESS AND SAFETY
      10. 9. VIOLENCE, FAIRNESS AND STATUS
      11. 10. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 14: Unintended Affordances as Violent Mediators
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. AFFORDANCES AS ABDUCTIVE ANCHORS
      4. 3. WHY AND WHEN WE ARE NOT AFFORDED (AS WE WOULD LIKE TO BE)
      5. 4. UNINTENDED AFFORDANCES AS VIOLENT MEDIATORS: THREE CASES IN POINT
      6. 5. VIOLENCE, COUNTERACTIVE NICHES, AND COGNITIVE FIREWALLS
      7. 6. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 15: Infosphere to Ethosphere
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. SELF, POETRY, AND INFORMATION
      3. 2. MAGNANI, MEDIATION, AND METHOD
      4. 3. TECHNOLOGICALLY MEDIATED MORAL EMBUBBLEMENT
      5. 4. NON-VIOLENT TRANSFORMATION OF SELF AND WORLD
      6. 5. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 16: Facebook Has It
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. GOSSIP AS SOCIAL COGNITION
      4. 3. WHEN RELEVANCE BECOMES OLD-FASHIONED
      5. 4. THE EVOLUTION OF SELF-REGULATION AND SELF-REPUTATION
      6. 5. CONCLUSION: SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES AS SUPERNORMAL STIMULI
  9. Section 4: Current Trends and Applications in Technoethics
    1. Chapter 17: Technoethics and the State of Science and Technology Studies (STS) in Canada
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. FINDINGS
      6. INTERPRETATION AND DISCUSSION
      7. APPENDIX
    2. Chapter 18: College Students, Piracy, and Ethics
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
      4. IDENTIFYING ETHICS, AND MOTIVES
      5. SOFTWARE DETERRENTS TO PIRACY
      6. ETHICS AND COMPUTERS
      7. COMPUTER ETHICS
      8. STUDENT ETHICS STUDIES
      9. DESIGN OF THE STUDY
      10. INSTRUMENTATION
      11. DATA ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS
      12. DISCUSSION
      13. SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS
      14. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE AND POLICY
      15. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 19: Boys with Toys and Fearful Parents?
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. THE ROLE OF THE HUMAN FOR THE DISCUSSION IN TECHNOLOGY ETHICS
      3. 2. THE DUPLICITY OF CHILD AND ADULT AND THE CONFLICT OF ADOLESCENCE IN MODERN SOCIETIES
      4. 3. HEIDEGGER’S PHILOSOPHY OF TECHNOLOGY AS A REFLECTION ABOUT INCOMPATIBLE POINTS OF VIEW
      5. 4. PEDAGOGICAL INTERPRETATIONS OF THE DISCOURSE IN TECHNOLOGY ETHICS
      6. 5. CONCLUSION AND OUTLOOK
    4. Chapter 20: Without Informed Consent
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SITUATIONS WHEN INFORMED CONSENT IS NOT APPLICABLE
      4. COMPENSATING FOR THE LACK OF INFORMED CONSENT
      5. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 21: The Middle Ground for Nuclear Waste Management
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION TO SHALLOW STORAGE
      3. SHALLOW STORES AND BURDENS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
      4. FUTURE UNCERTAINTIES
      5. SECURITY IN SHALLOW STORAGE
      6. NUCLEAR STIGMA SURROUNDING NEAR SURFACE STORAGE
      7. OUT OF SIGHT-OUT OF MIND
      8. AESTHETIC ASPECTS OF SHALLOW STORES
      9. SHALLOW STORES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF FUTURE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
      10. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION VIA COMMUNITY SITE RESTORATION OF A SHALLOW STORAGE FACILITY
      11. CONCLUSION
  10. Compilation of References
  11. About the Contributors