What's mine is mine; what's yours is mine: Private ownership of icts as a threat to transparency [Book Review]

Ethics and Information Technology 11 (2):123-131 (2009)
In the face of ubiquitous information communication technology, the presence of blogs, personal websites, and public message boards give the illusion of uncensored criticism and discussion of the ethical implications of business activities. However, little attention has been paid to the limitations on free speech posed by the control of access to the Internet by private entities, enabling them to censor content that is deemed critical of corporate or public policy. The premise of this research is that transparency alone will not achieve the desired results if ICT is used in a one way system, controlled by the provider of information. Stakeholders must have an avenue using the same technology to respond to and interact with the information. We propose a model that imposes on corporations a public trust, requiring these gatekeepers of communication technology to preserve individual rights to criticism and review
Keywords Internet access   Privatization   Public trust   Transparency
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DOI 10.1007/s10676-009-9196-8
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