Journal of Information Ethics

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, Fall

Academic Dishonesty: A Comparative Study of Students of Library and Information Science in Botswana and Zambia
IntroductionAcademic dishonesty is an issue of concern world-wide. In universities it has become a stumbling block in genuine research activity, crippling talent and the potential of students who are future leaders in every field. The advent of the Internet...
A Note on Civil Disobedience and Professional Ethics Codes
In her exemplary book The Ethical Archivist, Elena S. Danielson devotes a chapter to professional ethics codes and points out that "[m]any informed observers do not feel that complying with the law has any place in a statement on ethics since laws enforce...
Archival Ethics and the Professionalization of Archival Enterprise
IntroductionArchivists ride the horns of dilemmas, constantly juggling priorities to minimize conflict. Such dilemmas include* the need to conserve versus the need to handle delicate items,* the need to acquire versus lack of storage space,* privacy...
Archives and the Ethics of Replevin
One of the most contentious cultural property stories of the early 21st century is the restitution of displaced treasures, from Nazi-stolen artwork to looted archeological finds to rare manuscripts. "Replevin," according to lawyerarchivist Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt,...
Article Alerts
"Eye for an Eye: The Case for Revenge"Thane Rosenbaum, The Chronicle of Higher Education (April 5, 2013) pp. B6-B9This article is an epitome of Rosenbaum's recent Payback: The Case for Revenge (University of Chicago). He makes the startling assertion...
Ethics and Archival Work
Ethics and Archival WorkThe defendant, Leslie C. Waffen, who spent 40 years working at the National Archives and Records Administration, pleaded guilty to stealing property from the agency.-"Maryland...." The New York Times, October 5, 2011, A18.The...
Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science
Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science David A. Harris. New York: NYU Press, 2012. 269 pp. $35If getting away with murder is the epitome of injustice, then what about the other guy-the person who did not commit a crime but is convicted...
In the Trenches: Archival Ethics, Law and the Case of the Destroyed CIA Tapes
IntroductionThe archival community has embraced government accountability as a "core value" of archivists and ethical codes for archivists have long included prohibitions on document destruction designed to sanitize "the record" or conceal evidence (Society...
Kingpin: How One Hacker Took over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground
Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground Kevin Poulsen. New York: Crown, 2011. 267 pp. $25Remember Robert T. Morris, Jr.? Kevin Mitnick? Other hackers, crackers, and irresponsible cyberhooligans? They do lots of harm,...
Losing Our Ability to Forget
Much has been written about how technology has progressively lessened our collective and individual tendencies to forget things. This manifests itself in a hundred ways, from the mundane and practical, such as being able to "recall" the collected public...
Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars
Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars William Patry. London: Oxford University Press, 2009. 266 pp. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-19- 538564-9Law is text, or as some have said, law is "code." To the lawyer the law's tool is language. The words we choose to express...
Rethinking Archival Ethics
IntroductionEthics has been a persistent topic within the American archival community for more than a half-century, much of it treated, until recently, in the most benign matter (by this I mean that it has been a topic assumed to be important for symbolic...
Self-Delusion and Misrepresentation
More than 30 years ago, I published an essay ("Titans Clashing: The Art of Science and the Science of Art." Journal of Thought 15.4 [Winter 1980]: 53 -64) in which I denounced the foolish desire of humanists and especially social scientists to turn imprecise...
State Property or Cultural Property? the Limitations of Replevin as an Interpretive Framework for Disputed Archives
In recent years, the state has evidenced a dedication to preserving our documentary heritage not only by maintaining archival repositories, but also by attempting to remove particularly notable and valuable historical documents from public circulation....
The Canadian Disease: The Ethics of Library, Archives, and Museum Convergence
IntroductionThe convergence of libraries, archives, and museums (or LAMs) into mono lithic institutions is not a particularly new idea. Although the Alliance of Libraries, Archives and Records Management (ALARM) published multiple studies on human resources...
The Conundrums of Full Disclosure: A Review Essay
The Conundrums of Full Disclosure: A Review EssayLara Descartes and Conrad P. Kottak. The Media and Middle Class Moms: Images and Realities of Work and Family. New York: Routledge, 2009. 194 pages. $149.00. Clothbound. ISBN 978-0-415-99308-1.Neil Gilbert....
The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry Is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth/I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy/Privacy
The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry Is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth Joseph Turow. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. 234. pp. $28.00I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy Lori Andrews....
The Library: Defender of Freedom of Speech and Expression?
Over the years, I have tried mostly in vain to get libraries to subscribe to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit journal I have been publishing on literature, democracy, and dissidence since 1998. To date, I've managed to obtain 15 institutional subscriptions. Compare...
Values and Ethics
Essential Principles and ValuesThe importance of focusing on goals rather than methods also applies, I believe, to the professional life of an archivist. In order to meet their obligations to employers, or to society (in the broadest conceptualization...
Web Briefs
State Ethics Oversight Agencieshttp://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/ethicshome/state-ethics-oversightagencies. aspxThe National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's...
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