Is Information Ethics Culture-Relative?


Brey, Philip (2007) Is Information Ethics Culture-Relative? International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 3 (3). pp. 12-24. ISSN 1548-3908

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Abstract:In this essay, it will be examined whether information ethics is culture-relative. If it is, different
approaches to information ethics are required in different cultures and societies. This would have major
implications for the current, predominantly Western approach to information ethics. If it is not, there must
be concepts and principles of information ethics that have universal validity. What would they be? The
descriptive evidence is for the cultural relativity of information ethics will be studied by examining cultural
differences between ethical attitudes towards privacy, freedom of information and intellectual property
rights in Western and nonwestern cultures. It will then be analyzed what the implications of these findings
are for the metaethical question of whether moral claims must be justified differently in different cultures.
Finally, it will be evaluated what the implications are for the practice of information ethics in a crosscultural
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