Moral Psychology and Information Ethics: Psychological Distance and the Components of Moral Behavior in a Digital World

Moral Psychology and Information Ethics: Psychological Distance and the Components of Moral Behavior in a Digital World

Charles R. Crowell (University of Notre Dame, USA), Darcia Narvaez (University of Notre Dame, USA) and Anna Gomberg (University of Notre Dame, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-491-0.ch002
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the ways in which moral psychology can inform information ethics. A “Four Component Model” of moral behavior is described involving the synergistic influences of key factors including sensitivity, judgment, motivation, and action. Two technology-mediated domains, electronic communications and digital property, are then explored to illustrate how technology can impact each of the four components believed to underlie moral behavior. It is argued that technology can create a kind of “psychological distance” between those who use technology for communication or those who acquire and use digital property (e.g., software or music) and those who may be affected by such uses (e.g., e-mail recipients or digital property owners). This “distance” potentially impacts all four components of moral behavior in such a way that the usual social or moral constraints operative under normal (non-technology-mediated) circumstances (e.g., face-to-face communication) may be reduced, thereby facilitating the occurrence of unethical activities like piracy, hacking, or flaming. Recognition of the potential deleterious impact of technology on each of the four components leads to a better understanding of how specific educational interventions can be devised to strengthen moral sensitivity, judgment, motivation, and action within the context of our increasingly digital world.

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Dedication
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Lee Freeman, A. Graham Peace
Chapter 1
Lee A. Freeman, A. Graham Peace
Richard Mason’s seminal paper describing the four ethical issues of the information age has guided the field of Information Ethics for almost 20... Sample PDF
Revisiting Mason: The Last 18 Years and Onward
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Chapter 2
Charles R. Crowell, Darcia Narvaez, Anna Gomberg
This chapter discusses the ways in which moral psychology can inform information ethics. A “Four Component Model” of moral behavior is described... Sample PDF
Moral Psychology and Information Ethics: Psychological Distance and the Components of Moral Behavior in a Digital World
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Chapter 3
Kieran Mathieson
Information technology may be able to help people become better ethical decision makers. This chapter explores philosophical and psychological... Sample PDF
Designing a Moral Dilemma Support System
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Chapter 4
Kai Kristian Kimppa
In the light of three major ethical theories, Lockean liberalism, consequentialism, and Kantian deontology, it seems that the intellectual property... Sample PDF
Intellectual Property Rights - or Rights to the Immaterial - in Digitally Distributable Media Gone All Wrong
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Chapter 5
Bruno de Vuyst, Alea M. Fairchild
Intellectual property rights (IP) are established through the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement (part of the... Sample PDF
Intellectual Property Rights, Resources Allocation and Ethical Usefulness
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Chapter 6
Asim El-Sheikh, Abdullah Abdali Rashed, A. Graham Peace
Software piracy costs the information technology industry billions of dollars in lost sales each year. This chapter presents an overview of the... Sample PDF
Software Piracy: Possible Causes and Cures
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Chapter 7
David W. Miller, Andrew Urbaczewski, Wm. David Salisburg
In the information age, various entities (e.g., citizens or business concerns) are now able to access and gather large amounts of publicly available... Sample PDF
Does 'Public Access' Imply 'Ubiquitous' or 'Immediate'? Issues Surrounding Public Documents Online
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Chapter 8
Christopher M. Cassidy, Bongsug Chae, James F. Courtney
Society has focused on privacy solutions to problems related to consumer information, yet the problem has not gone away. Why is this? One answer is... Sample PDF
Ethical Management of Consumer Information: Solving the Problem of Information Externality Using the Coasian Approach
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Chapter 9
Robert N. Barger, Charles R. Crowell
This chapter discusses the ethics of a proof-of-concept demonstration of “parasitic computing.” A “parasite” computer attempts to solve a complex... Sample PDF
Ethics of "Parasitic Computing": Fair Use or Abuse of TCP/IP Over the Internet
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Chapter 10
Michael Freeman
This chapter addresses how new surveillance technologies and programs aimed at fighting terrorism affect privacy. Some of the new programs and... Sample PDF
Counterterrorism and Privacy: The Changing Landscape of Surveillance and Civil Liberties
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Chapter 11
Kathleen S. Hartzel, Patrick E. Deegan
This chapter explores how individuals using different justice perspectives to evaluate the appropriateness of the USA PATRIOT Act will logically... Sample PDF
Balancing Individual Privacy Rights and Intelligence Needs: Procedural-Based vs. Distributive-Based Justice Perspectives on the PATRIOT Act
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Chapter 12
Jimmie L.. Joseph, David P. Cook
This chapter explores the ethical implications of a reduction in information asymmetry between health care providers and their patients. In many... Sample PDF
Information Imbalance in Medical Decision Making: Upsetting the Balance
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Chapter 13
Pooja Deshmukh, David Croasdell
This chapter explores privacy and security issues in health care. It describes the difference between privacy and security in the context of health... Sample PDF
HIPAA: Privacy and Security in Health Care Networks
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Chapter 14
Mary Brabston, Jennifer Dahl
In this chapter, we examine three frameworks or models that could be used in developing codes of information ethics and then review two codes of... Sample PDF
Limitations of Having Diversity in Codes of Information Ethics: A Professional and Corporate Perspective
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