Digital divide or discursive design? On the emerging ethics of information space

This article seeks to identify, theoretically,some broad ethical issues about the type ofspace which the Internet is becoming, issueswhich are closely linked to developing newagendas for empirical research into Internetuse. It seeks to move away from the concept of''digital divide'' which has dominated debate inthis area while presuming a rather staticnotion of the space which the Internet is, orcould become. Instead, it draws on deliberativedemocracy theory in general and John Dryzek''sconcept of ''discursive design'' in particular toformulate six types of issue (Convergence, WhoConverges?, Deliberation, Public Action,Relations to the State, and Long-term Patternsof Practice) around which both empiricalresearch and ethical debate can focus, andwhich taken together will help answer whetherthe Internet is, or can be, in part a''discursive design'' which contributes to theconditions of democratic public life.
Keywords deliberative democracy  digital divide  discursive design  Internet architecture  public space  public sphere
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DOI 10.1023/A:1024916618904
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Robin Mansell (2010). The Information Society and ICT Policy. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 8 (1):22-41.

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