I am not an applied ethicist, nor would I desire to be one; despite this. This blog is the though diary of 3 individuals; so here are my thoughts!
The internet, radio, television, and all the other stuff that came about that is regarded as informaion communication technology; has changed the way in which we live. There are so many complexities in life, having them confounded by technological means raises new issues; I do not attempt a systematic list, but some prima facie instances which are philosophically significant:
- The ethics of identity; anonymity on the internet (funny, that I, Sinistre address this!)
- The ethics of disclosure: security through communication
- The politics of criticism: challenging ideas promulgating through the radio, or television, or internet. So-called “fanaticism” [note to self, see that an article is made on fanaticism].
- The relations of individuals: abuse, sex, love, friendships, family conduct. Is the internet different in a medium of communication than face-to-face? Many things people fear about relationships through the internet
- Sexual relationships
- Romantic relationships flourishing before physical meeting
- Inappropriate relationships (such as the Arwin Meives case, paedophilia, and insider trading)
- The boundaries of the westphalia paradigm; respecting national law on the internet
- Freedom of information
- Elitism/heirarchy issues (if any)
- Open source community: an interesting distinction is made between free (libre) and free (gratis) by many open source advocates.
A lot of issues here. I expect the usual suspects to come up and give their piece. This isn’t my area, but it needs to be thought about in this new, unfamiliar social condition.