Is Information Ethics Culture-Relative?

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Abstract

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 publicationCross-Disciplinary Advances in Human Computer Interaction. User Modeling, Social Computing and Adaptive Interfaces.
EditorsP. Zaphiris, C. Ang
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherIGI Publishing
Pages259-272
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)1605661422
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

Name
PublisherIGI Publishing
Number3
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1548-3908

Keywords

  • METIS-259825
  • IR-77237
  • Cultural Differences
  • cultural values
  • computers and society
  • computing in developing countries
  • civil rights
  • intellectual property rights
  • information ethics
  • social issues
  • social norms
  • privacy cultural imperialism
  • global village
  • cultural pluralism

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