Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 5–14

The ethics of representation and action in virtual reality

  • Philip Brey

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010069907461

Cite this article as:
Brey, P. Ethics and Information Technology (1999) 1: 5. doi:10.1023/A:1010069907461


This essay addresses ethical aspects of the design and use of virtual reality (VR) systems, focusing on the behavioral options made available in such systems and the manner in which reality is represented or simulated in them. An assessment is made of the morality of ‘immoral’ behavior in virtual reality, and of the virtual modeling of such behavior. Thereafter, the ethical aspects of misrepresentation and biased representation in VR applications are discussed.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Brey
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  1. 1.Twente University, Fac. WMW/SWEnschedethe Netherlands. E-mail

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