Handbook of Research on Technoethics (2 Volumes)

Handbook of Research on Technoethics (2 Volumes)

Rocci Luppicini (University of Ottawa, Canada) and Rebecca Adell (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Release Date: August, 2008|Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 1082
ISBN13: 9781605660226|ISBN10: 1605660221|EISBN13: 9781605660233|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-022-6

Description

Over the last 30 years, an amassing body of work has focused on ethical dimensions of technology in a variety of contexts impacting society. The emerging field of technoethics is based on the premise that it is of vital importance to encourage dialogue aimed at determining the ethical use of technology, guarding against its misuse, and forming common principles to help guide new advances.

The Handbook of Research on Technoethics traces the emergence of the new interdisciplinary field of technoethics by exploring its conceptual development, important issues, and key areas of current research. Compiling 50 authoritative articles from leading researchers on the ethical dimensions of new technologies, this comprehensive handbook is an invaluable addition to library reference collections and will provide a wealth of insights to academics, students, and practitioners in a variety of fields affected by technology and its ethical implications.

Topics Covered

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

  • Anthropological approach to technoethics
  • Artificial moral agency in technoethics
  • Biomedical research social and ethical aspects
  • Computer ethics
  • Cyber identity theft
  • Cyber-victimization
  • Deception in cyberspace
  • Emerging trends in technoethics
  • Ethical theories
  • Externally-sponsored research ethics
  • Genetic confidentiality
  • Global communication online ethics
  • Healthcare ethics
  • Human sport enhancement ethics
  • ICT ethical controversy
  • Information ethics education
  • Information poverty ethics
  • Intelligent artifact design
  • Intercultural information ethics
  • Multi-disciplinary approach to technoethics
  • Nanoethics
  • Planning, interests, and argumentation of technoethics
  • Predictive genetic testing
  • Software piracy determinants ethics
  • Spyware
  • Technoethical approach to anthropology race problem
  • Technoethics
  • Technoethics in schools
  • Technoethics research areas
  • Theoretical frameworks in technoethics

Reviews and Testimonials

This handbook was inspired by innovative work carried out by a group of dedicated scholars from diverse academic backgrounds who share a deep concern with the rapidly expanding world of technology and the new ethical issues arising through its growing influence in society.

– Rocci Luppicini, University of Ottawa, Canada

This book covers theoretical frameworks, research areas, case studies and applications, emerging trends and issuses, and miscellaneous topics.

– Book News Inc. (Nov. 2008)

This excellant two-volume handbook will introduce students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners to a broad view of the collision between technology and ethics today. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.

– CHOICE Vol. 46, No. 06

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Preface

The Handbook of Research on Technoethics was inspired by innovative work carried out by a group of dedicated scholars from diverse academic backgrounds who share a deep concern with the rapidly expanding world of technology and the new ethical issues arising through its growing influence in society. Mario Bunge’s first attempt at articulating this field in the 1970s had an important influence on how the field has evolved. He contributed by raising important questions about the type of relationships that engineers and technologists ought to have with the technologies they create. This spurred work within the Philosophy of Technology and a variety of areas of Applied Ethics which helped shape Technoethics as a field of inquiry with a practical focus on all areas of human conduct affected by technological development. In 2005, the long awaited Encycolopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, edited by Carl Mitcham, was another important work in the field. This was a four-volume publication with a vast list on contributing authors and entries. Although this work was limited to mostly short descriptive pieces, it attested to the widespread scholarly interest revolving around ethical issues in science and technology. It also raised awareness among scholars of the need for future work that provided more in-depth coverage of ethical issues focused primarily on technology. The rapid advancement of technology in contemporary society, combined with growing scholarly attention to its social and ethical implications, continues to raise new ethical considerations requiring special attention from this newly formed field of Technoethics.

Organization

It proved to be a protracted battle to present such a broad set of chapters in a way that best reflected developments in the field. The first strategy considered was to organize chapters based solely on existing areas of Applied Ethics with a technology focus. This had the advantage of demonstrating to the reader the broad scope of Technoethics and its connectors to existing work in Applied Philosophy. The disadvantage was that many branches of Applied Ethics share overlapping issues that need to be understood in their entirety (e.g. privacy issues are important in computer ethics and medical ethics). The second strategy, and the one adapted in this project, was to organize book chapters by kea area and by key issue in order to best represent the spirit of current scholarship in Technoethics. Introductory theoretical essays and practical case studies were also added to help situate the reader and provide detailed examples of how issues in Technoethics manifest themselves in specific real world situations.

Scope

The Handbook of Research on Technoethics should be of interest to students, instructors, researchers, ethicists, and technology scholars who need expert knowledge about technology and ethics to inform current work in technology. This handbook is organized into five parts: Part I. Theoretical Frameworks in Technoethics, Part II. Research Areas of Technoethics, Part III. Case Studies in Technoethics, Part IV. Emerging Trends and Issues in Technoethics, and Part V. Further Reading in Technoethics. Part I introduces the reader to Technoethics and related issues. It provides an overview of various theoretical perspectives connected to work in Technoethics. Contributions from experts cover diverse conceptual and historical developments. Part II introduces key areas of research in Technoethics. Areas of research in Technoethics help group Technoethics in key areas of human conduct affected by technology. Part III introduces a series of case studies in various areas of Technoethics where research on ethical aspects of technology is taking root. Part IV discusses issues and trends in Technoethics. It addresses a number of emerging issues in Technoethics and new directions. Part V provides a useful collection of additional readings chosen by the editors for readers interested in deepening their understanding of selected areas of Technoethics.

Because the issues related to technology and ethics are so broad, the Handbook of Research on Technoethics is necessarily selective. It attempts to advance in its own modest way a selective synthesis of key contemporary work on ethical aspects of technology to help guide future scholarship within a society shaped by and shaping technological developments. Despite the modest aims of this project, the editors realize that it is not possible to please all scholars, technologists, and general readers. It is hoped that this publication will stimulate the interest of sufficient numbers to continue developing this field. Critical comments and suggestions are welcome so that improvements can be made to assist the development of a second edition.

Rocci Luppicini and Rebecca Adell, Co-editors

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.
Rebecca Adell, PhD, is the former Coordinator of the Academic Writing Help Centre at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and currently works as the Business Manager of Eck MacNeely Architects in Boston, Massachusetts. Her dissertation on the history of smoke pollution regulation in nineteenth-century England was rooted in science and technology studies, with particular focus on the connections between technological advance, evolving perceptions of pollution, and the response of government and the courts to the new technological realities of the Industrial Revolution.

Indices

Editorial Board

  • John M. Artz, George Washington University, USA
  • Ginger Taylor, National Research Council of Canada, Canada
  • Gary Boyd, Concordia University, USA