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A Methodology for Internal Web Ethics

Vafopoulos, Michalis N., Stefaneas, Petros, Anagnostopoulos, Ioannis and O'Hara, Kieron (2012) A Methodology for Internal Web Ethics At PhiloWeb 2012, workshop at the2012 World Wide Web Conference, France. 9 pp.

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The vigorous impact of the Web in time and space arises from the fact that it motivates massive creation, editing and distribution of information by Users with little knowledge. This unprecedented continuum provides novel opportunities for innovation but also puts under jeopardy its survival as a stable construct that nurtures a complex system of connections. We examine the Web as an ethics determined space by demonstrating Hayek’s theory of freedom in a three-leveled Web: technological, contextualized and economic. Our approach accounts for the co-dependence of code and values, and assumes that the Web is a self-contained system that exists in and by itself. This view of internal Web ethics directly connects the concept of freedom with issues like centralization of traffic and data control, rights on visiting log file, custom User profiles and the interplay among function, structure and morality of the Web. It is also demonstrated, in the case of Net Neutrality, that generic freedom-coercion trade-offs are incomplete in treating specific cases at work.

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Published date: April 2012
Venue - Dates: PhiloWeb 2012, workshop at the2012 World Wide Web Conference, France, 2012-04-01
Keywords: Web ethics, freedom, economic Web, contextualized Web, centralization of traffic and data control.
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


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Date deposited: 19 Feb 2012 09:55
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:15

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Author: Michalis N. Vafopoulos
Author: Petros Stefaneas
Author: Ioannis Anagnostopoulos
Author: Kieron O'Hara

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