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On Designing a More Ethical Internet

Monday, Mar. 18, 2013

Over the following weeks, this video series will present the views of several Silicon Valley tech leaders on some of the key issues in Internet ethics today.  This first entry, however, sets the context of the conversation.  What does it mean to live well by means of the Internet?  In what ways can the Internet help us live well, or make it more difficult to live well?  In this brief video, Santa Clara University Associate Professor Shannon Vallor looks at the Internet through a philosopher's lens.  Now that the Internet has become a medium through which we live a big portion of our lives, she argues that we all need to think about Internet ethics much more broadly and deeply--and that the people who devise Internet tools and services should think not only about meeting the user's immediate desires and needs, but also about doing that in a way that promotes a good life.

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iraicu said on Mar 19, 2013
On a related note, cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier has a great article called "On Security Awareness Training," which is really a call for better-design of security interfaces... - Like - 1 person likes this.
Howard Rauch said on Apr 12, 2013
One aspect of why online accuracy does not seem up to standard has to do with the willingness of publishing management to make necessary investment in editorial staffing support. This may or may not be the case with consumer media -- which appears to be the focus of your group's "Ethical Issues in an Online World" series. But it definitely is a concern for business publication editors. The tendency nowadays seems to be to invest heavily in the technology required to operate on-line. But effectiveness on-line, especially for B2B publishers with no prior daily frequency experience, requires a dedicated digital staff, where assignments allow sufficient time for enterprise reporting that is commonly assumed to be how consumer media operate. Inadequate staffing also results in editing haste that sometimes bypasses necessary fact-checking or source re-interviews. If the "Online World" series omits input somewhere along the way from editorial staffs -- and the smaller players as well as the celebrity names -- your coverage is somewhat one-sided. P.S. -- I have contributed this comment in my role as Ethics Committee chairman of the American Society of Business Publication Editors. - Like
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