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  1. Bernd Carsten Stahl, Neil F. Doherty, Mark Shaw & Helge Janicke (2014). Critical Theory as an Approach to the Ethics of Information Security. Science and Engineering Ethics 20 (3):675-699.
    Information security can be of high moral value. It can equally be used for immoral purposes and have undesirable consequences. In this paper we suggest that critical theory can facilitate a better understanding of possible ethical issues and can provide support when finding ways of addressing them. The paper argues that critical theory has intrinsic links to ethics and that it is possible to identify concepts frequently used in critical theory to pinpoint ethical concerns. Using the example of UK electronic (...)
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  2. Bernd Carsten Stahl (2011). IT for a Better Future: How to Integrate Ethics, Politics and Innovation. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 9 (3):140-156.
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  3. Yingqin Zheng & Bernd Carsten Stahl (2011). Technology, Capabilities and Critical Perspectives: What Can Critical Theory Contribute to Sen's Capability Approach? [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 13 (2):69-80.
    This paper explores what insights can be drawn from critical theory to enrich and strengthen Sen’s capability approach in relation to technology and human development. The two theories share some important commonalities: both are concerned with the pursuit of “a good life”; both are normative theories rooted in ethics and meant to make a difference, and both are interested in democracy. The paper provides a brief overview of both schools of thought and their applications to technology and human development. Three (...)
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  4. Bernd Carsten Stahl, Richard Heersmink, Philippe Goujon, Catherine Flick, Jeroen van den Hoven, Kutoma Wakunuma, Veikko Ikonen & Michael Rader (2010). Identifying the Ethics of Emerging Information and Communication Technologies: An Essay on Issues, Concepts and Method. International Journal of Technoethics 1 (4):20-38.
    Ethical issues of information and communication technologies (ICTs) are important because they can have significant effects on human liberty, happiness, and people’s ability to lead a good life. They are also of functional interest because they can determine whether technologies are used and whether their positive potential can unfold. For these reasons, policy makers are interested in finding out what these issues are and how they can be addressed. The best way of creating ICT policy that is sensitive to ethical (...)
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  5. Bernd Carsten Stahl, Neil McBride & Ibrahim Elbeltagi (2010). Development and Emancipation: The Information Society and Decision Support Systems in Local Authorities in Egypt. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 8 (1):85-107.
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  6. Bernd Carsten Stahl (2009). Lorenzo Magnani, Morality in a Technological World: Knowledge as Duty. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 19 (2):297-299.
  7. Bernd Carsten Stahl (2008). Discourses on Information Ethics: The Claim to Universality. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 10 (2-3):97-108.
    An important question one can ask of ethical theories is whether and how they aim to raise claims to universality. This refers to the subject area that they intend to describe or govern and also to the question whether they claim to be binding for all (moral) agents. This paper discusses the question of universality of Luciano Floridi’s information ethics (IE). This is done by introducing the theory and discussing its conceptual foundations and applications. The emphasis will be placed on (...)
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  8. Bernd Carsten Stahl (2007). Drew Khlentzos, Naturalistic Realism and the Antirealist Challenge. Minds and Machines 17 (3):361-363.
  9. Bernd Carsten Stahl (2006). Emancipation in Cross-Cultural IS Research: The Fine Line Between Relativism and Dictatorship of the Intellectual. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 8 (3):97-108.
    Critical research is becoming increasingly accepted as a valid approach to research in information systems. It is deemed to be particularly suitable for situations where researchers want to address conspicuous injustice, such as in areas of development or the digital divide. Critical research in information systems (CRIS), I will argue, is a possible approach to some of the ethical problems arising in the context of information and communication technology (ICT). It can be sensitive to the question of culture and therefore (...)
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  10. Bernd Carsten Stahl (2006). Responsible Computers? A Case for Ascribing Quasi-Responsibility to Computers Independent of Personhood or Agency. Ethics and Information Technology 8 (4):205-213.
    There has been much debate whether computers can be responsible. This question is usually discussed in terms of personhood and personal characteristics, which a computer may or may not possess. If a computer fulfils the conditions required for agency or personhood, then it can be responsible; otherwise not. This paper suggests a different approach. An analysis of the concept of responsibility shows that it is a social construct of ascription which is only viable in certain social contexts and which serves (...)
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  11. Bernd Carsten Stahl (2004). Information, Ethics, and Computers: The Problem of Autonomous Moral Agents. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 14 (1):67-83.
    In modern technical societies computers interact with human beings in ways that can affect moral rights and obligations. This has given rise to the question whether computers can act as autonomous moral agents. The answer to this question depends on many explicit and implicit definitions that touch on different philosophical areas such as anthropology and metaphysics. The approach chosen in this paper centres on the concept of information. Information is a multi-facetted notion which is hard to define comprehensively. However, the (...)
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  12. Bernd Carsten Stahl (2004). Reflective Responsibility. Philosophy of Management 4 (1):13-24.
    While work in modern corporations tends to take place in groups or teams it is not quite clear which status these groups have. Are they genuine agents or are they simply collections of individuals? The question is important because the answer is often held to determine whether collectives can be viewed as subjects ofresponsibility. This paper raises the question of collective responsibility and focuses on the impact the use of information systems (IS) has on it. Starting with an analysis of (...)
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  13. Bernd Carsten Stahl (2001). Responsibility in the Interconnected Economy. Business Ethics 10 (3):213–222.
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  14. Bernd Carsten Stahl (2000). David Schmidtz & Robert E Goodin, Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 3 (2):227-228.
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