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Brave New Worlds? The Once and Future Information Ethics

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  • Charles Ess, Denmark
  • Department of Information and Media Studies
I highlight several aspects of current and future developments of the internet, in order to draw from
these in turn specific consequences of particular significance for the ongoing development and
expansion of information ethics. These consequences include changing conceptions of self and
privacy in both Western and Eastern countries, and correlative shifts from the communication
technologies of literacy and print to a “secondary orality.” These consequences in turn imply that
current and future information ethics should focus on developing a global but pluralistic virtue ethics -
one that may offset the anti-democratic dangers of such secondary orality. (95 words)
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Information Ethics
Volume12
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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