Who Regulates Ethics in the Virtual World?

TitleWho Regulates Ethics in the Virtual World?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSharma, S, Lomash, H, Bawa, S
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
Accession Number100490688
Keywordsethics , Internet , Moral , Online , PHENOMENOLOGY , SOCIAL , society , technology , VIRTUAL
AbstractThis paper attempts to give an insight into emerging ethical issues due to the increased usage of the Internet in our lives. The authorsdiscuss three main theoretical approaches relating to the ethics involved in the information technology (IT) era: first, the use of IT as a tool; second, the use of social constructivist methods; and third, the approach of phenomenologists. Certain aspects of ethics and IT have been discussed based on a phenomenological approach and moral development. Further, ethical issues related to social networking sites are discussed. A plausible way to make the virtual world ethically responsive is collective responsibility which proposes that society has the power to influence but not control behavior in the virtual world. 
NotesSharma, Seemu 1; Email Address: seemu.sharma@thapar.edu Lomash, Hitashi 2; Email Address: h.lomash@gmail.com Bawa, Seema 1; Email Address: seema@thapar.edu; Affiliation: 1: Computer Science and Engineering Deptartment, Thapar University, Patiala 147001 India 2: School of Behavioral Sciences and Business Studies, Thapar University, Patiala 147001 India; Source Info: Feb2015, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p19; Subject Term: VIRTUAL reality; Subject Term: INTERNET -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: SOCIAL constructionism; Subject Term: ONLINE social networks; Subject Term: PHENOMENOLOGY; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Social networking sites; Author-Supplied Keyword: Society; Author-Supplied Keyword: Technology; Author-Supplied Keyword: Virtual world; NAICS/Industry Codes: 519130 Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals; NAICS/Industry Codes: 517110 Wired Telecommunications Carriers; Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Article