Rapid changes in technology and the growing use of electronic media signals a need for understanding both clear and subtle ethical and social implications of the digital, and of specific digital technologies. Understanding Digital Ethics: Cases and Contexts is the first book to offer a philosophically grounded examination of digital ethics and its moral implications. Divided into three clear parts, the authors discuss and explain the following key topics:
The book includes cases and examples that explore the ethical implications of digital hardware and software including videogames, social media platforms, autonomous vehicles, robots, voice-enabled personal assistants, smartphones, artificially intelligent chatbots, military drones, and more.
Understanding Digital Ethics is essential reading for students and scholars of philosophical ethics, those working on topics related to digital technology and digital/moral literacy, and practitioners in related fields.
Part 1: Ethical and Digital Literacy
1. Becoming Literate in Digital Ethics
2. Moral Viewpoints in Digital Contexts
3. Motivating Action in Digital Ethics
Part 2: The Nature of Digital Ethics
4. Speed and Scope of Digital Information (Distributedness)
5. Moral Algorithms and Ethical Machines (Programmability and Procedurality)
6. The Digital and the Human (Embeddedness)
Part 3: Implications of Digital Ethics
7. Digital Relations and Empathy Machines
8. Agents, Autonomy, and Action
9. Digital and Ethical Activism
Conclusion: Literate Practice and Pedagogy.
Appendix: Developing Cases in Digital Ethics