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The New Ethical Responsibilities of Internet Service Providers

The New Ethical Responsibilities of Internet Service Providers Philos. Technol. (2011) 24:369–370 DOI 10.1007/s13347-011-0055-2 EDITOR LETTER The New Ethical Responsibilities of Internet Service Providers Luciano Floridi Published online: 3 November 2011 Springer-Verlag 2011 As the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies and the UNESCO Observatory on the Information Society have documented, the exponential developments of internet services and resources have brought enormous benefits and opportunities to an increasing number of people. But it has also greatly outpaced our understanding of their conceptual nature and ethical implications, while raising unprecedented moral challenges, whose complexity and global dimensions are rapidly expanding, evolving and becoming increasingly serious. Examples come readily to mind. Consider the ethical issues arising from “the triple A”,namelythe availability, accessibility and accuracy of informational resources, independently of their format, kind and physical support; the corresponding questions concerning standards of reliability and trustworthiness of information sources; or e-inclusion and the so-called digital divide. The more we become accustomed to living and working immersed within an informational environment, the easier it becomes to unveil the new moral difficulties that we encounter. Thus, in recent years, information societies have been forced to deal with urgent, ethical problems concerning information privacy and confidentiality, hacking (understood as the unauthorised http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy & Technology Springer Journals

The New Ethical Responsibilities of Internet Service Providers

Philosophy & Technology , Volume 24 (4) – Nov 3, 2011

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2011 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy of Technology
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2210-5433
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2210-5441
DOI
10.1007/s13347-011-0055-2
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Abstract

Philos. Technol. (2011) 24:369–370 DOI 10.1007/s13347-011-0055-2 EDITOR LETTER The New Ethical Responsibilities of Internet Service Providers Luciano Floridi Published online: 3 November 2011 Springer-Verlag 2011 As the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies and the UNESCO Observatory on the Information Society have documented, the exponential developments of internet services and resources have brought enormous benefits and opportunities to an increasing number of people. But it has also greatly outpaced our understanding of their conceptual nature and ethical implications, while raising unprecedented moral challenges, whose complexity and global dimensions are rapidly expanding, evolving and becoming increasingly serious. Examples come readily to mind. Consider the ethical issues arising from “the triple A”,namelythe availability, accessibility and accuracy of informational resources, independently of their format, kind and physical support; the corresponding questions concerning standards of reliability and trustworthiness of information sources; or e-inclusion and the so-called digital divide. The more we become accustomed to living and working immersed within an informational environment, the easier it becomes to unveil the new moral difficulties that we encounter. Thus, in recent years, information societies have been forced to deal with urgent, ethical problems concerning information privacy and confidentiality, hacking (understood as the unauthorised

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Philosophy & TechnologySpringer Journals

Published: Nov 3, 2011

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