Disclosive Computer Ethics: The Exposure and Evaluation of Embedded Normativity in Computer Technology.

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This essay provides a critique of mainstream computer ethics and argues for the importance of a complementary approach called disclosive computer ethics, which is concerned with the moral deciphering of embedded values and norms in computer systems, applications and practices. Also, four key values are proposed as starting points for disclosive studies in computer ethics: justice, autonomy, democracy and privacy. Finally, it is argued that research in disclosive computer ethics should be multi-level and interdisciplinary, distinguishing between a disclosure level, a theoretical level, and an an application level.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalComputers & Society (Print)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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  • EWI-971
  • METIS-148643

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