Ethical Impact of Technological Advancements and Applications in Society

Ethical Impact of Technological Advancements and Applications in Society

Rocci Luppicini (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Release Date: June, 2012|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 357
ISBN13: 9781466617735|ISBN10: 146661773X|EISBN13: 9781466617742|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1773-5


In the modern era each new innovation poses its own special ethical dilemma. How can human society adapt to these new forms of expression, commerce, government, citizenship, and learning while holding onto its ethical and moral principles?

Ethical Impact of Technological Advancements and Applications in Society explores the ethical challenges of these innovations, providing cutting-edge analysis of designs, developments, impacts, policies, theories, and methodologies related to ethical aspects of technology in society. It advances scholarship on both in established areas such as computer ethics, engineering ethics, and biotech ethics as well as nascent areas of research such as nanoethics, artificial morality, and neuroethics.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Biotech ethics
  • Cyber democracy
  • Cyber Warfare and Terrorism
  • Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking
  • Cybercrime and corruption
  • Environmental technoethics
  • Media Ethics
  • Robotics
  • Technoethics and culture
  • Technoethics and Software

Reviews and Testimonials

Rocci Luppicini’s efforts in compiling this impressive collection of works should be very much appreciated by scholars in ICT ethics. Overall, Ethical Impact of Technological Advancements and Applications in Society will also be a useful resource for a wide variety of audiences, including policy makers, technology managers, students, professors, and researchers.

– Alireza Isfandyari-Moghaddam - Ethics and Information Technology

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Rocci Luppicini
Chapter 1
Lorenzo Magnani
We already are hybrid humans, fruit of a kind of co-evolution of both our brains and the common, scientific, social, and moral knowledge we have... Sample PDF
Material Cultures and Moral Mediators in Human Hybridization
Chapter 2
Josep M. Esquirol
In this paper, the author examines the idea of respect and makes this the cornerstone of a new approach to ethics that is particularly well suited... Sample PDF
The Significance of the Ethics of Respect
Chapter 3
Evandro Agazzi
Two opposite positions are currently dividing the field of discussion regarding the ethical evaluation of science and technology. On the one hand... Sample PDF
How Can the Problems of An Ethical Judgment on Science and Technology Be Correctly Approached?
Chapter 4
Peter B. Crabb, Steven E. Stern
Technologies can have harmful effects on users’ psychological health, on society, and on the environment. “Technology traps” arise when users and... Sample PDF
Technology Traps: Who Is Responsible?
Chapter 5
J. A. Quilici-Gonzalez, G. Kobayashi, M. C. Broens, M. E. Q. Gonzalez
In this article, the authors investigate, from an interdisciplinary perspective, possible ethical implications of the presence of ubiquitous... Sample PDF
Ubiquitous Computing: Any Ethical Implications?
Chapter 6
Bernd Carsten Stahl, Richard Heersmink, Philippe Goujon, Catherine Flick, Jeroen van den Hoven, Kutoma Wakunuma, Veikko Ikonen, Michael Rader
Ethical issues of information and communication technologies (ICTs) are important because they can have significant effects on human liberty... Sample PDF
Identifying the Ethics of Emerging Information and Communication Technologies: An Essay on Issues, Concepts and Method
Chapter 7
Yasmin Ibrahim
The increasing use of the body for embedding technology as well as the convergence of multiple features in mobile telephony have made image capture... Sample PDF
The Regulation of Gaze and Capture: New Media and the Image Economy
Chapter 8
Peter Allen, Katherine Shepherd, Lynne Roberts
Despite persistent government and industry efforts to stop the sharing and downloading of media such as files over peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, this... Sample PDF
Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing: Psychological Reactance and the Theory of Planned Behaviour
Chapter 9
Ellen Kraft, Jinchang Wang
This article shows the results of a study of the cyberbullying and cyberstalking experiences of students at a public liberal arts college. A survey... Sample PDF
An Exploratory Study of the Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking Experiences and Factors Related to Victimization of Students at a Public Liberal Arts College
Chapter 10
José Neves, Luzia de Oliveira Pinheiro
Cyberbullying has become a major social concern because it raises questions about technoethics. It has been the subject of research, information and... Sample PDF
Cyberbullying: A Sociological Approach
Chapter 11
A.Pablo Iannone
This essay examines Latin American technological development and its connections with regional economic development, ecological deterioration... Sample PDF
Reclaiming the Green Continent: Ecology, Globalization, and Policy and Decision in Latin America
Chapter 12
Peter J. Allen, Lynne D. Roberts
The increasing level of Internet penetration over the last decade has made web surveying a viable option for data collection in academic research.... Sample PDF
The Ethics of Outsourcing Online Survey Research
Chapter 13
Deb Gearhart
As long as there has been distance education there has been the question how do you know the student turning in the work is the student registered... Sample PDF
The Issues Related To Student Authentication in Distance Education
Chapter 14
Andoni Alonso, Antonio Lafuente
Scientific and technological expertise is currently experiencing a crisis. The public shows a growing distrust in many aspects related to the... Sample PDF
Amateur vs. Professionals: Politics, Citizenship and Science
Chapter 15
Neil C. Rowe
The author discusses the ethical issues of using cyberweapons, software that attacks data and other software during warfare. Many people assume... Sample PDF
The Ethics of Cyberweapons in Warfare
Chapter 16
Blanca Callén, Daniel López, Miquel Doménech, Francisco Tirado
The practice of developing and creating Free Software has been the centre of attention for studies related to economics, knowledge production, laws... Sample PDF
Not Just Software: Free Software and the (Techno) Political Action
Chapter 17
Alison Anderson, Alan Petersen
Nanotechnologies present significant new challenges for the study of technoethics. While they are surrounded by high expectations there is... Sample PDF
Shaping the Ethics of an Emergent Field: Scientists’ and Policymakers’ Representations of Nanotechnologies
Chapter 18
Keith A. Bauer
Transhumanism is a social, technological, political, and philosophical movement that advocates the transformation of human nature by means of... Sample PDF
Transhumanism and Its Critics: Five Arguments against a Posthuman Future
Chapter 19
Laura Cabrera
Human implants are among the technology applications that deserve to be carefully assessed as they have the potential to help us treating many... Sample PDF
Human Implants: A Suggested Framework to Set Priorities
Chapter 20
Linda Johansson
It is often argued that a robot cannot be held morally responsible for its actions. The author suggests that one should use the same criteria for... Sample PDF
The Functional Morality of Robots
Chapter 21
Mahmoud Eid
Terrorism has been a constant threat in traditional and contemporary societies. Recently, it has been converged with new media technology and... Sample PDF
Cyber-Terrorism and Ethical Journalism: A Need for Rationalism
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Rocci Luppicini is an associate professor in the Department of Communication with a cross-appointment to the Institute for Science, Society, and Policy (ISSP) at the University of Ottawa (Canada). He is a social scientist and philosopher of technology who pursues work at the intersection of communication, technology (media), ethics, decision-making, and policy. He acts as the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Technoethics and has published over 25 peer reviewed articles and has authored and edited over a dozen books including, the Handbook of Conversation Design for Instructional Applications (2008), the Handbook of Research on Technoethics: Volume I &II (with R. Adell) (2009), Technoethics and the Evolving Knowledge Society: Ethical Issues in Technological Design, Research, Development, and Innovation (2010), Ethical Impact of Technological Advancements and Applications in Society (2012), and Moral, Ethical, and Social Dilemmas in the Age of Technology: Theories and Practice (2013), His edited work, the Handbook of Research on Technoself: Identity in a Technological Society: Vol I &II (2013) provides the first comprehensive reference work in the English language on human enhancement and identity within an evolving technological society.