Information Technology Ethics: Cultural Perspectives

Information Technology Ethics: Cultural Perspectives

Soraj Hongladarom (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand) and Charles Ess (University of Drury, USA)
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Release Date: December, 2006|Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 260
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-310-4
ISBN13: 9781599043104|ISBN10: 1599043106|EISBN13: 9781599043128
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Communication and commerce continue to connect people from different cultures through information technology. Information Technology Ethics: Cultural Perspectives is the single reference source to take a global approach to the diverse ethical issues evoked by information and communication technologies and their possible resolutions. The comprehensive chapters contained in this book describe the problems and possibilities of genuinely global information ethics, which are urgently needed as information and communication technologies continue their exponential growth. International experts from diverse backgrounds address both theoretical and culture-specific issues in explicit detail. This Premier Reference Source provides the most thorough examination of the information technology ethics field.

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

  • Business ethics and technology in Turkey
  • Cultural and ecological impacts of computing
  • Digital Divide
  • Healthcare and IT ethics
  • Human hybridization
  • Information privacy and IT ethics in Thailand
  • Mobile phones and autonomy
  • Moral status
  • Online Communities
  • Privacy and property
Reviews and Testimonials

"This volume will generate broad appeal among information policy analysts, policy makers, system analysts, information professionals, scholars in fields including philosophy, computer science, information science, sociology, area studies, cultural studies, and anthropology."

– Soraj Hongladarom, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

This edited volume is a great effort to increase the awareness on complex moral and cultural issues of present global society. It encourages further thinking and practical action. The book is highly relevant for social scientists interested in ICT and vice versa. It is an important tool for critical thinking in the field of ICT public policy. It should become required reading in information ethics courses.

– Rafael Capurro, Stuttgart Media University, Germany

Contributors apply the study of ethics in science and technology in general to information technology from both general theoretical and specific cultural perspectives.

– Book News Inc., August 2007

Chapters in this book explore non-Western perspectives on common themes in information technology ethics and also seek to identify and discuss themes that 'exist solely or more prominently in non-Western cultures'. The thoughtful introduction describes at length, and persuasively, the rationale for this intercultural perspective. The introduction also provides an excellent overview of the book - describing both the contents and the organization.

– Rachel Bridgewater, Washington State University - Vancouver, USA

This book offers us a diverse and instructive collectionof essays which explore issues of this kind.

– British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol. 39, No.6 (2008)
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Soraj Hongladarom is an associate professor of philosophy and Director of the Center for Ethics of Science and Technology at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has published books and articles on such diverse issues as bioethics, computer ethics, and the roles that science and technology play in the culture of developing countries. His concern is mainly on how science and technology can be integrated into the life-world of the people in the so-called Third World countries, and what kind of ethical considerations can be obtained from such relation. A large part of this question concerns how information technology is integrated in the lifeworld of the Thai people, and especially how such integration is expressed in the use of information technology in education. He is the editor, together with Charles Ess, of Information Technology Ethics: Cultural Perspectives, also published by IGI. His works have also appeared in Bioethics, The Information Society, AI & Society, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, and Social Epistemology, among others.
Dr. Charles Ess is a Distinguished Research Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Drury University, USA. He completed his undergraduate majors in Philosophy (with Honors) and German from Texas Christian University, USA. Ess earned his Masters and Ph.D. in philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, USA, with additional Ph.D. research as a Bundesstipendiat at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. Dr. Ess has received awards for teaching excellence and scholarship, and published in comparative (East-West) philosophy, applied ethics, discourse ethics, history of philosophy, feminist Biblical studies, and computer-mediated communication (CMC).
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