The Struggle Between Liberties and Authorities in the Information Age

TitleThe Struggle Between Liberties and Authorities in the Information Age
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsTaddeo, M
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
Keywordsaccess , Capability , Civil , Cyber-security , Cyberspace , Individual , information , Levels , Online , POLITICAL , United , WELL-being
AbstractThe ' struggle between liberties and authorities', as described by Mill, refers to the tension between individual rights and the rules restricting them that are imposed by public authorities exerting their power over civil society. In this paper I argue that contemporary information societies are experiencing a new form of such a struggle, which now involves liberties and authorities in the cyber-sphere and, more specifically, refers to the tension between cyber-security measures and individual liberties. Ethicists, political philosophers and political scientists have long debated how to strike an ethically sound balance between security measures and individual rights. I argue that such a balance can only be reached once individual rights are clearly defined, and that such a definition cannot prescind from an analysis of individual well-being in the information age. 
NotesTaddeo, Mariarosaria 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry UK; Source Info: Oct2015, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p1125; Subject Term: ACCESS to information; Subject Term: CYBERSPACE -- Security measures; Subject Term: CIVIL society; Subject Term: INFORMATION & communication technologies; Subject Term: POLITICAL scientists; Author-Supplied Keyword: Capability approach; Author-Supplied Keyword: Cyber-security; Author-Supplied Keyword: Individual rights; Author-Supplied Keyword: Levels of abstraction; Author-Supplied Keyword: Online persona; Author-Supplied Keyword: Well-being; Company/Entity: UNITED States. National Security Agency; Number of Pages: 14p; Document Type: Article