n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Kuberetiek en die soeke na 'n morele gemene deler

Volume 45, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


This article focuses on three of the main ethical questions facing the cyber era, namely privacy, information poverty and the relationship between the right of access to information and the right of ownership thereof. The discussion is approached from an Information Science perspective and is based on the point of view that modern information and communication technologies have introduced a new information-based worldview, according to which our reality has become an information-based reality. The article seeks to demonstrate the way in which this new reality has re-shaped the ethical issues involved in privacy, information poverty and intellectual property. Justice is furthermore presented as a possible common moral denominator for addressing these ethical issues.

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