Information Technology and Social Justice, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1591409705
  • ISBN-13: 9781591409700
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 292 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released January 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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The term digital divide is still used regularly to characterize the injustice associated with inequalities in access to information and communication technologies (ICTs). As the debate continues and becomes more sophisticated, more and more aspects of the distribution of ICTs are singled out as relevant to characterizations of the digital divide and of its moral status. The best way to articulate the digital divide is to relate it to other aspects of social and distributive justice, using a mixture of pre-existing theories within moral and political philosophy. These theories are complemented with contributions from sociology, communication studies, information systems, and a range of other disciplines. Information Technology and Social Justice presents conceptual frameworks for understanding and tackling digital divides. It includes information on access and skills, access and motivation, and other various levels of access. It also presents a detailed analysis of the benefits and value of access to ICTs.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Information Technology and Social Justice: Table of Contents.
1: Philosophy and the Digital Divide.
2: From Information Society to Global Village of Wisdom? The Role of ICT in Realizing Social Justice in the Developing World.
3: Epistemic Value Theory and the Digital Divide.
4: Justifying Intellectual Property Protection: Why the Interests of Content Creators Usually Win Over Everyone Else's.
5: Universal Information Ethics? Ethical Pluralism and Social Justice.
6: Global Digital Divide, Global Justice, Cultures and Epistemology.
7: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.
8: Digital Disempowerment.
9: Social Justice and Market Metaphysics: A Critical Discussion of Philosophical Approaches to Digital Divides.
10: Discourses in Gender and Technology: Taking a Feminist Gaze.
11: Computing Ethics: Intercultural Comparisons.
12: Regional and Country Perspectives.
13: 500 Million Missing Web Sites: Amartya Sen's Capabilities Approach and Measures of Technological Deprivation in Developing Countries.
14: Computer Ethics: Constitutive and Consequential Morality.
15: The Digital Divide in Australia: Is Rural Australia Losing Out?.
16: The Digital Divide Within the Digital Community in Saudi Arabia.
About the Authors.