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The Ethics of Information$
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Luciano Floridi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641321.001.0001

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Ethics after the information revolution

Ethics after the information revolution

(p.1) 1 Ethics after the information revolution
The Ethics of Information

Luciano Floridi

Oxford University Press

In this introductory chapter, I discuss some conceptual undercurrents, which seem to be flowing beneath the surface of what we call the information revolution. I introduce a few key concepts and themes that recur in different places throughout this book. I then focus on the potential impact of ICTs on our lives. But since there would be no merit in explaining the obvious, I avoid calling attention to a large variety of issues, such as privacy and ownership, spamming, viruses, the importance of semantic tagging, online shopping and virtual communities, or the fairly new phenomena of information warfare and massive open online course (MOOC), which I presume to be well known to the reader. Instead, I stick to what philosophers do best, conceptual design, and seek to synthesize the silent Weltanschauung that might be dawning on us.

Keywords:   hyperhistory, zettabyte era, re-ontologizing technologies, infosphere, the fourth revolution, inforgs

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