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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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Global information ethics

Global information ethics

(p.292) 15 Global information ethics
The Ethics of Information

Luciano Floridi

Oxford University Press

In this chapter I consider what happens to artificial agents (including business agents) and distributed morality when the infosphere becomes a globalised environment. I argue that IE can provide a successful approach for coping with the challenges posed by our increasingly globalized and information-based reality. After a brief review of some of the most fundamental transformations brought about by the phenomenon of globalization, I distinguish between two ways of understanding global information ethics: as an ethics of global communication or as a global-information ethics. I then argue that cross-cultural, successful interactions among micro and macro agents call for a high level of successful communication, that the latter requires a shared ontology friendly towards the implementation of moral actions, and that this is provided by IE. There follows an account of ontic trust, the hypothetical pact among all agents and patients presupposed by IE.

Keywords:   globalization, global-communication ethics, global-information ethics, ontic trust

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