Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 57–69 | Cite as

At the foundations of information justice

  • Matthew P. ButcherEmail author
Original Paper


Is there such a thing as information justice? In this paper, I argue that the current state of the information economy, particularly as it regards information and computing technology (ICT), is unjust, conferring power disproportionately on the information-wealthy at great expense to the information-poor. As ICT becomes the primary method for accessing and manipulating information, it ought to be treated as a foundational layer of the information economy. I argue that by maximizing the liberties (freedom to use, freedom to distribute, freedom to modify, and so on) associated with certain computer software, an incentives-rich and stable environment can be established in ICT that will foster development of the information economy among the information poor. I suggest that the now-mature Free and Open Source Software paradigm, which has already produced widely-used enterprise-class applications, can be harnessed in support of these ends.


Information and computer technology Information justice Information economy Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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