By Jacques Berleur (auth.), Jacques Berleur, Diane Whitehouse (eds.)
Many demanding situations lie forward within the improvement of a world info society. tradition and democracy are components that may be less than specific danger. The booklet displays on modern advanced and unsure cultural and democratic advancements coming up due to an more and more worldwide, technologically-connected global. specifically it makes a speciality of the web, interpreting new metaphors for conversation, defining the problems at stake and presenting thoughts, activities and options. one of the matters mentioned have been: multi-cultural advancements; cultural sensitivities and the involvement of cultural minorities; iteration gaps; gender matters; know-how entry for the aged and the disabled; know-how transfer.
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Law enforcement agencies in most countries already have powers to tap telephone communications of individuals under certain conditions which are usually set out in law and clearly defmed. Interception is usually justified during the process of obtaining a warrant or approval from an independent body. Monitoring private communications at random, or in accordance with preestablished automated triggers, is not conducive to freedom or democracy. Interferences with privacy must be justified. There is debate about the responsibility of Internet service providers to monitor the content of material in cyberspace and to prevent certain transactions (for example, theft of data and risks to security) and transfer of unacceptable material (such as child pornography).
Does IT pose a major threat which has only been recognized recently? Or is the ethical stage of our society in a crisis of some kind which warrants such an emphasis? Or are there indeed new issues to be taken into account? The previous sections have stressed the need to consider ethical issues from new perspectives. In the following section, issues which are considered to be ethical are identified, classified, and discussed. Recognizing the issues First, the ethical issues raised by information technology have to be recognized, and the variety of topics that can be considered ethical makes some classification necessary.
Information and communication technologies can be used not only to control information about physical entities, including economically valuable objects and individuals, it can be used to influence thinking and behaviours. During the Gulf war dissemination/handling of news and access cf the media to the military was very different to that during the Vietnam war. Monopolistic ownership and control of electronic information, cyberspace and the associated information and communications technology and infrastructure must be avoided.