Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives

Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives

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The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives Robert J. Cavalier. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005. 249 pp. $26.95.

For this useful collection, Robert J. Cavalier has gathered ten sometimes lengthy essays on a diversity of apposite topics. Many of the authors are wellknown scholars whose previous work has helped to shape ethical investigations in computer science or cyberspace. James Moor is responsible for one of the first commentaries on computer ethics; and both Richard Spinello and Herman Tavani are indefatigable producers of germane monographs and collections.

These ten essays have in common the reciprocal influence of ethics and the world that the Internet has brought forth. Spinello is interested in an eth- ical rather than legal commitment to copyright protection, an area so complex that it will continue to haunt us for years to come. Lawrence Hinman reflects on academic integrity, which, when lacking, as long has been the case, is replaced with cheating, plagiary, and fraud. Technologies such as calculators, cell phones, word processing programs, and the Web increase the possibilities for deception. …

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