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Ethics for a Digital Age

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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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BASTIAAN VANACKER

In his Foreword for the previous volume in this series based on research presented at Loyola University’s Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics, Charles Ess (2012) noted that digital ethics (DE) would develop along two tracks. He identified a foundational trajectory that would explore fundamental changes to our ethical frameworks precipitated by digital technologies and, second, a more applied research trajectory that would deal with the expanding range of ethical problems presented to us by the proliferation of digital devices. A few years down the road, the essays in this volume demonstrate that we are still on this double trajectory and highlight the need to keep these two projects interconnected.

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