Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 211–215

Reliability of information on the Internet: Some distinctions

  • Anton Vedder
  • Robert Wachbroit

DOI: 10.1023/B:ETIN.0000017738.60896.77

Cite this article as:
Vedder, A. & Wachbroit, R. Ethics and Information Technology (2003) 5: 211. doi:10.1023/B:ETIN.0000017738.60896.77


In this contribution, we identify and clarifysome distinctions we believe are useful inestablishing the reliability of information onthe Internet. We begin by examining some of thesalient features of information that go intothe determination of reliability. In so doing,we argue that we need to distinguish contentand pedigree criteria of reliability and thatwe need to separate issues of reliability ofinformation from the issues of theaccessibility and the usability of information.We then turn to an analysis of some commonfailures to recognize reliability orunreliability.

epistemology ethics information Internet reliability truth 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

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  • Anton Vedder
  • Robert Wachbroit

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