Is Information Ethics Culture-Relative?

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In this article, I examine whether information ethics is culture relative. If it is, different approaches to information ethics are required in different cultures and societies. This would have major implications for the current, predominantly Western approach to information ethics. If it is not, there must be concepts and principles of information ethics that have universal validity. What would they be? The descriptive evidence is for the cultural relativity of information ethics will be studied by examining cultural differences between ethical attitudes towards privacy, freedom of information, and intellectual property rights in Western and non-Western cultures. I then analyze what the implications of these findings are for the metaethical question of whether moral claims must be justified differently in different cultures. Finally, I evaluate what the implications are for the practice of information ethics in a cross-cultural context.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationSocial Implications of Data Mining and Information Privacy: Interdisciplinary Frameworks and Solutions
EditorsChee Siang Ang, Panayiotis Zaphiris
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN (Print)9781605661964
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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PublisherIGI Global


  • IR-77245

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