1st Edition

The Evolving Landscape of Ethical Digital Technology

By Simon Rogerson Copyright 2022
    340 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Auerbach Publications

    340 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Auerbach Publications

    Continue Shopping

    In a world that is awash in ubiquitous technology, even the least tech-savvy know that we must take care how that technology affects individuals and society. That governments and organizations around the world now focus on these issues, that universities and research institutes in many different languages dedicate significant resources to study the issues, and that international professional organizations have adopted standards and directed resources toward ethical issues in technology is in no small part the result of the work of Simon Rogerson.

    – Chuck Huff, Professor of Social Psychology at Saint Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

    In 1995, Apple launched its first WWW server, Quick Time On-line. It was the year Microsoft released Internet Explorer and sold 7 million copies of Windows 95 in just 2 months. In March 1995, the author Simon Rogerson opened the first ETHICOMP conference with these words:

    We live in a turbulent society where there is social, political, economic and technological turbulence … it is causing a vast amount of restructuring within all these organisations which impacts on individuals, which impacts on the way departments are set up, organisational hierarchies, job content, span of control, social interaction and so on and so forth. … Information is very much the fuel of modern technological change. Almost anything now can be represented by the technology and transported to somewhere else. It's a situation where the more information a computer can process, the more of the world it can actually turn into information. That may well be very exciting, but it is also very concerning.

    That could be describing today. More than 25 years later, these issues are still at the forefront of how ethical digital technology can be developed and utilised.

    This book is an anthology of the author’s work over the past 25 years of pioneering research in digital ethics. It is structured into five themes: Journey, Process, Product, Future and Education. Each theme commences with an introductory explanation of the papers, their relevance and their interrelationship. The anthology finishes with a concluding chapter which summarises the key messages and suggests what might happen in the future. Included in this chapter are insights from some younger leading academics who are part of the community charged with ensuring that ethical digital technology is realised.

    1 Introduction
    Part One – Journey
    2 Cyberspace: The Ethical Frontier [1995]
    3 But IS IT ethical? [1995]
    4 Information ethics: the second generation [1996]
    5 A review of information ethics [2010]
    6 Towards a Chronological Taxonomy of Tourism Technology: an Ethical Perspective [2018]
    Part Two – Process
    7 The ethics of software development project management [1996]
    8 An ethical review of information systems development: the Australian Computer Society’s code of ethics and SSADM [2000]
    9 A practical perspective of information ethics [2001]
    10 Responsible Risk Assessment with Software Development: Creating the Software Development Impact Statement [2005]
    11 Information Systems Ethics – Challenges and opportunities [2019]
    Part Three – Product
    12 The social impact of smart card technology [1998]
    13 A moral approach to electronic patient records [2001]
    14 Internet Voting – Well at least it’s ‘Modern’ [2003]
    15 Digital Existence – the Modern Way to Be [2018]
    16 Is professional practice at risk following the Volkswagen and Tesla revelations? [2017]
    17 The Dangers of Dual-Use Technology: A Thought Experiment Exposé [2019]
    18 Grey Digital Outcasts and COVID-19 [2020]
    Part Four – Future
    19 E.Society - Panacea or Apocalypse? [1998]
    20 The Virtual World: a tension between global reach and local sensitivity [2004]
    21 Future Vision [2015]
    Part Five – Education
    22 Preparing to handle dilemmas in the computing profession [1996]
    23 Preparing IT professionals of the future [2014]
    24 Using Technology to Incorporate Students’ Work-Based Experiences into a Blended Learning Environment [2008]
    25 Poetical potentials: the value of poems in social impact education [2020]
    26 Start a revolution in your head! The rebirth of ICT ethics education [2020]
    Part Six – Conclusion
    27 Landscape for the future


    Simon Rogerson became Europe’s first Professor in Computer Ethics in 1998 and in 2010 became lifetime Professor Emeritus in Computer Ethics at De Montfort University, UK. He was the founding Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR), launching it in 1995 at the first ETHICOMP conference which he conceived and co-directed until 2013. He was the founder and is the current editor of the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society. He sits on several international ICT-related advisory boards and has served on governing bodies in education and ICT.