Social Justice and Market Metaphyics: A Critical Discussion of Philosophical Approaches to Digital Divides

Social Justice and Market Metaphyics: A Critical Discussion of Philosophical Approaches to Digital Divides

Bernd Carsten Stahl (De Montfort University, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-968-7.ch007
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Abstract

A book on the topic of information technology and social justice would seem to be based on several implicit assumptions. One of these is that there are unequal distributions of technology and access to technology, which can be called ‘digital divides’. Another one is that these digital divides are a problem for justice. A final one is that a philosophical debate of these issues can be beneficial. This chapter aims to question the validity of these assumptions. It asks what philosophy contributes to the debate about digital divides. In order to do so, it briefly reviews the debates concerning justice and digital divides. It then discusses the question whether markets or states are better suited to overcome the unequal distribution of technology. The purpose of these brief restatements of some of the opinions found in the literature is to show that philosophy alone cannot inform us of what we should do. The chapter concludes by suggesting that, in order to address problems of digital divides, we need to go beyond philosophical debate and enter the political space.

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