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Internet ethics
Langford, Duncan, 1944-
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 257 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm
Introduction and overview / Duncan Langford -- Internet technology / David Beckett -- What is new or unique about Internet activities? / John Weckert -- Privacy and security / Herman T. Tavani -- Law and the Internet / John Mawhood and Daniel Tysver -- The Internet and varieties of moral wrongdoing / Jeroen van den Hoven -- Information integrity / Richard A. Spinello -- Democratic values and the Internet / Deborah G. Johnson -- Computer professionals and YOUR responsibilities / Donald Gotterbarn -- Conclusions / Duncan Langford.
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Internet Ethics offers a comprehensive look at difficult issues facing internet users today. Covering sensitive topics such as censorship, data protection and the law, experts from the US, Australia and Europe have contributed to this fully integrated book. Views of other societies are also crucial to successful Internet use, and so additional comment on the contents of the book is provided from a global selection of specialists, from countries ranging from Botswana to Japan.

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Booklist Review

Ever since the first computer stored the first bits of information, ethical questions about the use and application of computers have been raised. However, the advent of the Internet and the fact that it enables all sorts of new behaviors and activities make it imperative that ethical issues be addressed--as librarians know all too well. Those issues include privacy, equity, personal responsibility, censorship, individual and national identity, and reliability. Langford is a British scholar who has written several textbooks on computer ethics. He has now gathered experts from disciplines as diverse as law, security, intellectual property, and philosophy to discuss such topics as the Internet and democratic values, moral wrongdoing, and information integrity. All but 1 of his 10 contributors are from the U.S. or Britain, but Langford has also assembled a group of "commenting authors" from every continent to ensure a global perspective. That panel provides a running commentary on various points throughout the collection. --David Rouse

Choice Review

Concerned with the moral, ethical, and social issues of the Internet, Internet Ethics is the collaboration of ten "contributing authors" and ten "commenting authors" who are computing professionals, lawyers, or academics in computing, management, law, and philosophy and who represent many different countries and nationalities. Editor Langford, a Computing Fellow at the University of Kent, is the author of several computer ethics textbooks and numerous papers. This unique amalgamation of diverse viewpoints provides a comprehensive look at the evolution and benefits of the Internet, along with its attendant problems. The work starts with an oversimplified explanation of Internet mechanics and continues with discussions of the Internet's unique, global, and democratic nature, as well as its uncontrollability, anonymity, and reproducibility. Legal, security, privacy, and data integrity issues are addressed. Each chapter ends with reactions from commenting authors identified only by their country. The book features surprising, yet intriguing, arguments refuting the global and democratic nature of this international entity. Although the author's intended audience is all Internet users, the language and writing make Internet Ethics more appropriate for upper-division undergraduate or graduate students. S. Underwood; University of West Alabama

Table of Contents

Duncan LangfordDavid BeckettJohn WeckertHerman T. TavaniJohn Mawhood and Daniel TysverJeroen van den HovenRichard A. SpinelloDeborah G. JohnsonDonald GotterbarnDuncan Langford
Contributing authorsp. viii
Commenting authorsp. x
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Chapter 1 Introduction and Overviewp. 1
Chapter 2 Internet Technologyp. 13
Chapter 3 What is New or Unique about Internet Activities?p. 47
Chapter 4 Privacy and Securityp. 65
Chapter 5 Law and the Internetp. 96
Chapter 6 The Internet and Varieties of Moral Wrongdoingp. 127
Chapter 7 Information Integrityp. 158
Chapter 8 Democratic Values and the Internetp. 181
Chapter 9 Computer Professionals and Your Responsibilitiesp. 200
Chapter 10 Conclusionsp. 220
Appendix Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronymsp. 241
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 253