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Ethics for a Digital Age


Edited By Bastiaan Vanacker and Don Heider

Thematically organized around three of the most pressing ethical issues of the digital age (shifting of professional norms, moderating offensive content, and privacy), this volume offers a window into some of the hot-button ethical issues facing a society where digital has become the new normal. Straddling an applied ethical and theoretical approach, the research represented not only reflects on how our ethical frameworks have been changed and challenged by digital technology, but also provides insights for those confronted with specific ethical dilemmas related to digital technology. With contributions from established experts and up-and-coming scholars alike, this book cuts across disciplines and with appeal to communication scholars, philosophers, and anyone with an interest in ethics and technology.
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Burcu S. Bakioğlu received her PhD in comparative literature at Indiana University, Bloomington (IN) in 2009 and completed her postdoctoral research in new media at Lawrence University. Her areas of interest include new media, participatory culture, virtual worlds, gaming, and the digital rights movement. She has published widely on griefing and governance in virtual worlds. Burcu is also a member of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (@netrights) at the UN-IGF.

Thorsten Busch is a Lecturer in digital business ethics and game studies at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. His research on social media investigates how privately owned Internet platforms govern digital publics, while his games research focuses on how moral decisions are being portrayed in games, how the games industry deals with corporate responsibility issues, and how game companies regulate toxic gamer culture.

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