Neither relativism nor imperialism: Theories and practices for a global information ethics [Book Review]

We highlight the important lessons our contributors present in our collective project of fostering dialogues both between applied ethics and computer science and between cultures. These include: critical reflexivity; procedural (partly Habermasian) approaches to establishing such central norms as “emancipation”; the importance of local actors in using ICTs both for global management and in development projects – especially as these contribute the trust essential for the social context of use of new technologies; and pluralistic approaches that preserve local cultural differences alongside shared norms. May Thorseth then contextualizes our work vis-a-vis broader philosophical discussions of deliberation and democracy.
Keywords Habermas   ICTs   culture   deliberative democracy   development   emancipation   pluralism   social context of use   trust
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DOI 10.1007/s10676-006-9117-z
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