The Epistemology and Ethics of Internet Information

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Abstract

Beginning with the initial premise that as the Internet has a global character, the paper will argue that the normative evaluation of digital information on the Internet necessitates an evaluative model that is itself universal and global in character [1]. The paper will show that information has a dual normative structure that commits all disseminators of information to both universal epistemological and ethical norms. Based on the dual normative characterization of information the paper will seek to demonstrate: (1) that information and internet information (interformation) specifically, has an inherent normative structure that commits its producers, disseminators, communicators and users, everyone in fact that deals with information, to certain mandatory epistemological and ethical commitments; and (2) that the negligent or purposeful abuse of information in violation of the epistemological and ethical commitments to which it gives rise is also a violation of universal rights to freedom and wellbeing. These are universal rights to which all agents are entitled by virtue of being agents, and in particular informational agents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems
Subtitle of host publicationPeople, Organizations, Institutions, and Technologies: ItAIS:The Italian Association for Information Systems
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer
Pages305-314
Number of pages10
Edition34
ISBN (Print)9783790821475
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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