Journal of Information Ethics

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, Fall

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"Disgrace"Charles Gross. The Nation (January 9/16, 2012), pp. 25-26, 28, 30-32Here one will find a brief summary of scientific misconduct followed by an extremely detailed overview, analysis, and condemnation of Marc Hauser, who has been accused of fabricating...
Authors' Moral Rights-And How Editors and Publishers Routinely Abridge Them
I take it as my ethical starting point that no one speaks for anyone else, except with agency. This is especially true, if anything at all can properly be termed "especially true," for professional authors who customarily-if not always; even Homer nods-say...
Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-09
Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-09Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff (eds.) with Project Censored. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2009. 418 pp. $19.95The new volume in Project Censored's "Top 25 Censored Stories" series is as useful a...
Computer Ethics as a Field of Applied Ethics: Core Questions and Future Directions
We are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live.-Socrates (in Plato's Republic, Book 1:352d)Ethics is serious, and very difficult.... [It] is about human beings ... in the human pursuit of ... a standard of right conduct or virtue.-Lisa H....
Crimes for Which There Is No Public Information
We usually only have information on crimes that result in charges being brought. But, there are often instances in which no charges are brought. Here are two case histories of such events.Case History #1: DanDan (not his real name) is a big, stocky man,...
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To the Editor:Three points regarding the Spring 2012 issue, two specific technical corrections, and one more general point. First, in the featured review, the Kaddish is referred to as "the prayer for the dead" with a "Hebrew inscription" (both on p....
Google Books and Other Internet Mischief
Aristotle said about reasoning that a little mistake at the beginning becomes a big mistake at the end.-George F. Will (1983: 18)Google Books. United States Circuit Judge Denny Chin, sitting by designation on a case he inherited from his days on the...
"I Guess We'll Just Have to Wait for the Movie to Come Out": A Protracted First Stand for Teaching Information Ethics
Red tape is excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making. It is usually applied to governments, corporations and other large organizations.-WikipediaThe...
Information and Computer Ethics: A Brief History
IntroductionIn 1948, a technical paper called "A Mathematical Theory of Communication" appeared in an obscure scientific journal. Its author was Claude Shannon, a diffident young scientist working in the Bell Labs Mathematical Research Group. Shannon's...
Intellectual Property, Fee or Free?
Has the world really changed in the last three centuries? There is an abundance of information and bringing the public onto the internet has certainly brought a new boom to the technology sector, but has it changed our values for using another's creative...
Law vs. Ethics: Conflict and Contrast in Laws Affecting the Role of Libraries, Schools, and Other Information Intermediaries
This article discusses the legal landscape of copyright (and contract, i.e., licensing), privacy, and free speech laws in the United States and assesses this landscape on a continuum, contrasting what is legal with what might be thought to be right,...
Lessons of the Past for Activists of the Present and Future
Lessons of the Past for Activists of the Present and FutureWhen Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh. New York: The Dial Press, 2009. Clothbound. 287 pages. $27.00. ISBN 978-0-385-34068- 7.The Net Delusion:...
Memoir: A History
Memoir: A History Ben Yagoda. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009. 291 pp. $25.95The impulse to indulge in autobiographical musings is part of our genome. Even many of the poor souls who have luckily led uneventful lives turn out memoirs faster than we can...
Permissions and Their Costs
Some years ago, I completed the manuscript for Documentation: A History and Critique of Attribution, Commentary, Glosses, Marginalia, Notes, Bibliographies, Works- Cited Lists, and Citation Indexing and Analysis (McFarland, 2008). I worked on this esoteric,...
Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World
Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World Eugene Samuel Reich. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 266 pp. $26.95Scientific misconduct continues to roil, distort, and harm, concomitantly rewarding the perpetrators...
Publisher's Comments
Information ethics. Is the idea dead? In primitive eras (a circle of huts, everyone cousins, mostly one-for-all and all-for-one), everyone knew everything about everybody. The concept of "ethics" didn't exist. Ethics comes into play only when information...
Researching with Integrity: The Ethics of Academic Enquiry
Researching with Integrity: The Ethics of Academic EnquiryBruce MacFarlane. New York: Routledge, 2008. 208 pp. $150.00, Pb $45.95At a time when research integrity requirements abound, Bruce MacFarlane's Researching with Integrity: The Ethics of Academic...
Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book
Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation BookRory Litwin (compiler), Martin Wallace (editor), Michael Gorman (foreword). Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press, 2009. libraryjuicepress.com. 154 pp. $15.00Truth-in-reviewing note: I am quoted in this...
The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All- Administrative University and Why It Matters
The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All- Administrative University and Why It MattersBenjamin Ginsberg. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 248 pp. $29.95This is a horrifying book: I cannot recall ever being so upset so quickly, even by overviews...
The Politics of Professionalism: A Retro- Progressive Proposal for Librarianship
The Politics of Professionalism: A Retro- Progressive Proposal for LibrarianshipJuris Dilevko. Duluth, MN, Library Juice Press, 2009. 231 pp. $32.00A current theme at local events and conferences asks what the future holds for libraries and librarians....
The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy
The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy Paul Shankman. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009. 299 pp. $29.95 (pb)Margaret Mead is an iconic figure in anthropology and American culture generally. She investigated,...
Too Much (Misleading and Potentially Harmful) Information
Long ago, when Yahoo, Infoseek, and Dogpile were the kings of Internet search engines, and a google was merely a large integer, one might look for and discover a limited number of valid and useful things about a person, place, or entity by typing some...
Twenty Years of Information Ethics and the Journal of Information Ethics
The twentieth anniversary of the Journal of Information Ethics provides an excellent opportunity to look back over both the growth of the field of information ethics and JIE, one of the primary periodicals in the field. As Thomas Froehlich points out...
Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice
Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to PracticeCharlotte Hess and Elinor Ostrom, editors, Cambridge: MIT, 2007. 367 pp. $36.00. ISBN 978-0-262-08357-7This review is overdue, but fortunately, there is no harm: the issues raised in this wide-ranging...
Web Briefs
LiNK-The North Korea Crisishttp://www.linkglobal.org/In 2004, LiNK was formed with the hope of spreading awareness and effecting real change in North Korea concerning the human rights of 24 million people living under political oppression. Its work focuses...
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