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Technoethics and the Evolving Knowledge Society: Ethical Issues in Technological Design, Research, Development, and Innovation

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Technoethics and the Evolving Knowledge Society: Ethical Issues in Technological Design, Research, Development, and Innovation examines human processes and practices connected to technology embedded within social, political, and moral spheres of life. This innovative publication engages readers in critical debates connected to the ethical dimensions of a technological society.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Preface
    1. INTRODUCTION
      1. Objectives
      2. Importance
    2. ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
  3. Acknowledgment
  4. 1. Introduction to the Knowledge Society and Technoethics
    1. 1. The Knowledge Society
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND
        1. Historical Background
        2. Conceptualizing the Knowledge Economy
      3. KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY AND THE CULTURE OF TECHNOLOGY
      4. ETHICAL CHALLENGES
      5. NEW DIRECTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES
        1. The Rise of the Knowledge Society
        2. The Rise of the Knowledge Dimension
        3. The Rediscovery of Identity and Community
        4. The Rediscovery of Organizational Trust and Accountability
        5. Technologies For Increasing Knowledge Opportunities
      6. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      7. DISCUSSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ADDITIONAL READING
    2. 2. Technoethics
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND
        1. Ethics and Ethical Theories
        2. Ethical Tensions and the Turn to Applied Ethics
      3. TECHNOLOGICAL INQUIRY AND THE EARLY GROUNDWORK FOR TECHNOETHICS
        1. Institutionalizing Technological Inquiry
        2. Philosophy of Technology
        3. Theories of Technology and the Technocritical Turn
      4. THE TECHNOETHICAL TURN
        1. Contemporary Roots of Technoethics
        2. The Rationale Underlying Technoethics
        3. Defining the Field of Technoethics
      5. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      6. DISCUSSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
  5. 2. Technoethics Deployment Framework in the Knowledge Society
    1. 3. Technological Consciousness and Moral Agency
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND
        1. Technology Conceptualized
        2. The Cognitive Turn in Technology Studies
      3. COMMON MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT CONSCIOUSNESS AND TECHNOLOGY
        1. Common Misunderstandings
        2. Consciousness is Only in the Head
        3. Technology is Not Part of Consciousness
        4. Technology Controls the Human Mind and Society
        5. Society Controls Technology and Consciousness
      4. TECHNOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
        1. Technological Consciousness
        2. Technological Consciousness is a Relational Operation
        3. Technological Consciousness is Organized
        4. Technological Consciousness is Situated
        5. Technological Consciousness is Aspectual
        6. Technological Consciousness is Integrative
      5. HUMAN AND ARTIFICIAL AUTONOMOUS AGENTS
      6. TECHNEOTHICS AND THE ROLE OF ARTIFICIAL MORAL AGENCY
      7. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      8. DISCUSSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
    2. 4. Technology Assessment and Technoethics Inquiry
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND
        1. Pragmatism
        2. The Ethical Turn in Technological Inquiry and Assessment
      3. CONTEXT OF TECHNOETHICAL DEPLOYMENT
        1. Technoethical Inquiry as a Social System Theory and Methodology
        2. The Aims of Technoethical Inquiry
      4. TECHNOETHICAL ASSESSMENT (TEA)
      5. TECHNOETHICAL DESIGN
      6. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      7. DISCUSSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ADDITIONAL READING
    3. 5. The Nature and Areas of Technoethical Inquiry
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. THE MULTI-FACETED NATURE OF TECHNOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
        1. Multiple Levels of Technological System Relations
        2. Multiple Perspectives in the Study of Technological Systems
      3. IDENTIFYING KEY AREAS AND ISSUES IN TECHNOETHICS
      4. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. ADDITIONAL READING
  6. 3. Technoethics and Its Deployment
    1. 6. Information and Communication Technoethics
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND
        1. Change and Development in Information, Communication and Technology
        2. Technological Change
        3. Convergences In Academic Work on Technology, Information and Communication
      3. THE ETHICAL TURN IN ICOMMUNICATIONS, TECHNOLOGY STUDIES, AND INFORMATION STUDIES
        1. The Ethical Turn
        2. Internet Ethics and Cyberethics
        3. Communication Theory and Technoethical Perspectives
        4. Information Ethics
      4. CURRENT WORK IN COMMUNICATION TECHNOETHICS
      5. TECHNOETHICAL FRAMING
      6. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      7. DISCUSSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ADDITIONAL READING
    2. 7. Biomedical Technoethics
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND
      3. BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE ETHICAL TURN
        1. The Ethical Turn
        2. The Genetic Turn and the Co Modified Life
        3. Biotech Research Ethics
        4. The Rise of Neuroethics and Nanoethics
        5. Ethics in Pharmacology, Sports and Nutrition
        6. The Turn Towards Telehealth and Telemedicine
      4. TECHNOETHICAL FRAMING
      5. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      6. DISCUSSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
    3. 8. Engineering and Environmental Technoethics
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND
        1. Engineering Ethics
        2. Computer Ethics
        3. Environmental Technoethics
        4. Military Technoethics
      3. TECHNOETHICS FOR ENGINEERING AND THE ENVIRONMENT
        1. Engineering Ethics
        2. Computer Ethics
        3. Environmental Technoethics
        4. Military Technoethics
      4. TECHNOETHICAL FRAMING
      5. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      6. DISCUSSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
    4. 9. Educational and Professional Technoethics
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND
      3. CURRENT WORK IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOETHICS
        1. Digital Divide and Educational Access
        2. Information Privacy Issues and Censorship in Schools
        3. Plagiarism and Cheating
        4. Technoethical Teaching and Training
        5. Professional Technoethics
      4. DEFINING A TECHNOETHICAL FRAMEWORK FOR EDUCATION AND WORK
      5. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      6. DISCUSSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
  7. 4. Globalization and Technoethics
    1. 10. Global Technoethics and Society
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND: FROM ORGANIZATIONAL TO GLOBAL TECHNOETHICS
        1. Technology and Organizational Transformations
        2. Technology and Organizational Cultures
        3. The Background of Global Tech
        4. Technological Change and the Global Economy
        5. Information Technology and New Development Opportunities
        6. Scientific Knowledge and Technological Advances
        7. The Propaganda of Global-Tech and Its Misgivings
        8. The Global-Tech Backlash
        9. Illusions of Global Measurement
      3. THEORIES OF GLOBALIZATION
        1. Globalization Theories
        2. Technology Oriented Theories
        3. Diffusion of Innovation Theory
      4. TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALIZATION
        1. What are the Dimensions of Globalization?
      5. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      6. DISCUSSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
    2. 11. The Case of Global Technology in South Africa
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND
      3. THE CASE OF GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY IN SOUTH AFRICA
        1. Description
          1. Analysis
          2. Solutions
            1. Human Rights
            2. Labor Standards
            3. Anti-Corruption
      4. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. ADDITIONAL READING
    3. 12. Global Technoethics and Cultural Tensions in Canada
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. BACKGROUND
      3. GLOBALIZING CULTURAL TENSIONS IN CANADA: THE CASE OF ABORIGINALS IN CANADA
        1. Description
      4. NEW DIRECTIONS
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
  8. 5. Future Trends: Shaping the Future of Technoethics
    1. 13. Trends in Technoethics: The Case of E–Technology A/Buse at Work
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. TECHNOETHICAL STUDY ON ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY
        1. Study Description
        2. Emergent Themes
        3. E-Technology Abuse at Work
        4. Underlying Conditions
        5. E-Technology Strategies at Work
        6. Intervening Conditions
        7. Consequences
      3. DISCUSSION
      4. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
      5. REFERENCES
      6. ADDITIONAL READING
    2. 14. The Future of Technoethics
      1. INTRODUCTION
      2. THE EVOLVING RELATIONAL SYSTEM OF TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
      3. FUTURE TRENDS
      4. CONCLUSION
      5. REFERENCES
  9. A. Interviews with Experts in the Field of Technoethics
    1. INTERVIEW WITH TECHNOETHICS EXPERT, MARTIN RYDER, SUN MICROSYSTEMS
    2. INTERVIEW WITH LORENZO MAGNANI, UNIVERSITY OF PAVIA
    3. INTERVIEW WITH MATTHIAS KLANG, UNIVERSITY OF LUND & UNIVERSITY OF GOTEBORG
    4. INTERVIEW WITH DR. A. PABLO IANNONE, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
    5. INTERVIEW WITH NEIL C. ROWE, U.S. NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL
    6. INTERVIEW WITH DR. A. ANDERSON, UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
    7. INTERVIEW WITH DR. LYNNE ROBERTS, CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    8. INTERVIEW WITH DR. DEB GEARHART, TROY UNIVERSITY
    9. INTERVIEW WITH DR. MAY THORSETH, NTNU NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  10. Glossary
  11. About the Authors