ACC Digital Ethics Questions

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Week 5: DIGITAL ETHICS

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In this module, we will focus on some of our most pressing ethical issues–the production and consumption of digital content. You will find, as you investigate digital ethics, that they invite you to consider aspects of everything we’ve dealt with this quarter: utilitarianism, deontological ethics, the First Amendment and the Social Responsibility Theory, privacy, security…

Consider these questions:

Does the internet unite us or divide us?

From what must we disconnect when we connect with the internet?

Do we apply any ethical models when we ourselves use the internet?

Is our engagement with the internet driven by our values, or is it driven by something else (boredom, anxiety, the desire to escape, peer pressure, etc.)?

PART 1

  • Read Horner, Chapter 11 “Security” (193-206) and Chapter 12 “Digital Ethics” (207-223)
  • As a foundation for thinking about digital ethics, watch the following TED Talks:
  • Gerd Leonhard “Digital ethics and the future of humans in a connected world.” TED
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZn0IfOb61U

View Tristan Harris, “How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds…” TED

https://www.ted.com/talks/tristan_harris_how_a_handful_of_tech_companies_control_billions_of_minds_every_day?language=en

PART 2

It is useful to think specifically about the scholars who are concentrating on digital ethics, and their concepts:

James Moor (208): logical malleability, the policy vacuum, the conceptual muddle

Deborah Johnson (211): socio-technical computer ethics, co-creation, power groups

Cees Hamelink (214): moral distance 

Luciano Floridi  (217): fluidity, the infosphere, to be is to be information, grey power

View Luciano Floridi,  “Privacy and Power in the Digital Age” Aeon Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zdRskstzO0

Charles Ess (215): “greased,” democratization of the media landscape

View Charles Ess, “Ethics” 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=charles+ess&&view=detail&mid=8BE108C127E48FCA12938BE108C127E48FCA1293&&FORM=VRDGAR

Jaron Lanier is an American computer philosophy writer, computer scientist, visual artist, and composer of classical music. He is considered a founding father of the field of virtual reality. His 2018 TED  Talk is compelling and sobering and, in my opinion, essential viewing for the student of digital ethics:

View Jaron Lanier, “How  We Need to Remake the Internet,” TED 

https://www.ted.com/talks/jaron_lanier_how_we_need_to_remake_the_internet?language=en

  • Do we need to return to an ancient paradigm?
  • Virtue ethics:
  • https://www.iep.utm.edu/virtue/ 
  • Respond to 11.6 A JUDGEMENT CALL (Horner 203-204). Post at least 2 developed paragraphs to DISCUSSION 8: PUZZLE CASES. Respond to 2 other posts. Please note that this discussion is worth 30 points.

ACC Digital Ethics Questions

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