Special Issue of International Review of Information Ethics on “The Digital Future of Education”

I'm pleased to announce the publication of a special issue (full 1MB pdf) of the International Review of Information Ethics on the topic of “The Digital Future of Education”, co-edited with Johannes Britz. Here's an excerpt from our introduction, and the table of contents: Our contemporary information…

Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice

I've received a preview copy of an important forthcoming volume, "Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice," edited by Emma Felton, Oksana Zelenko, Suzi Vaughan. This book marks an important contribution to the growing "ethical design" or "values in design" community…

2011 Computer Ethics Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) Program Posted, Registration Open

The program for the 2011 Computer Ethics/Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) conference has been posted, and features an impressive collection of international scholars and students in computer & information ethics, presenting papers on topics in the following themes: Intercultural & Interdisciplinary Computer…

Brill’s Much Ado About Zittrain

The Daily Beast's Emily Brill criticizes Jonathan Zittrain for publishing an op-ed critical of Apple, without specific disclosure of the fact that his academic home, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, receives funding from some of Apple's competitors, such as Google and Microsoft. Brill seems determined to explore (and accuse) whether Zittrain -- and the Berkman Center generally -- succumbs to the pressures of funding sources in forming research conclusions and policy opinions. Of course he doesn't.

NSF Grant: Internet Research and Ethics 2.0

Congratulations to Elizabeth Buchanan and Charles Ess for being awarded an NSF grant to create a much-needed repository and advisory board to address the challenges that emerging Internet and Web 2.0 platforms are placing on research ethics. I'm thrilled to…

The Ethicist Gets it Right with “A Facebook Teaching Moment”

I'm a big fan of the New York Times Magazine's weekly column, The Ethicist. I'm not a big fan, however, of the column's namesake, Randy Cohen. He is often much too consequentialist for my liking, too simplistic is his ethical…

Debrief: Computer Ethics/Philosophical Enquiry 2009 in Corfu, Greece

I've returned from the 8th International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry in Corfu, Greece, where I presented an early draft of a paper based on my critique of the “Taste, Ties, and Time” Facebook data release. The paper was…

CFP: The Ethics of Information Organization

I am pleased to announce that the Center for Information Policy Research and the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are hosting an important conference on "The Ethics of Information Organization". The full CFP is below: The…

Archival Ethics with Changing Practices: The Impact of Technology

Reporting again from the SAA conference, I attended an excellent panel this morning on "Archival Ethics with Changing Practices: The Impact of Technology" (program; wiki page), featuring some excellent presentations on the way new information technology is spurring new ethical…

Values in Design: Defining a Privacy-Aware Model for Web Access to Archives

I'm spending the next few days at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists in San Francisco, and I'm looking forward to learning more about many of the ethical and policy issues confronted by archivists in an…