Anticipatory Ethics for a Future Internet: Analyzing Values During the Design of an Internet Infrastructure

TitleAnticipatory Ethics for a Future Internet: Analyzing Values During the Design of an Internet Infrastructure
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsShilton, K
JournalScience & Engineering EthicsScience & Engineering Ethics
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
Accession Number100490691
KeywordsACQUISITION , Anticipatory , computer , Cyberspace , EXPECTATION , Internet , technology , VALUES
AbstractThe technical details of Internet architecture affect social debates about privacy and autonomy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and the basic performance and reliability of Internet services. This paper explores one method for practicing anticipatory ethics in order to understand how a new infrastructure for the Internet might impact these social debates. This paper systematically examines values expressed by an Internet architecture engineering team-the Named Data Networking project-based on data gathered from publications and internal documents. Networking engineers making technical choices also weigh non-technical values when working on Internet infrastructure. Analysis of the team's documents reveals both values invoked in response to technical constraints and possibilities, such as efficiency and dynamism, as well as values, including privacy, security and anonymity, which stem from a concern for personal liberties. 
NotesShilton, Katie 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, 4413 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing College Park 20742 USA; Source Info: Feb2015, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p1; Subject Term: EXPECTATION (Philosophy); Subject Term: INTERNET -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: CYBERSPACE -- Security measures; Subject Term: COMPUTER architecture; Subject Term: COMPUTER networks; Subject Term: ACQUISITION of data; Author-Supplied Keyword: Anticipatory ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Internet architecture; Author-Supplied Keyword: Technology ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Values in design; NAICS/Industry Codes: 519130 Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals; NAICS/Industry Codes: 517110 Wired Telecommunications Carriers; Number of Pages: 18p; Document Type: Article