Principles for the Ethical Guidance of PICT
As used in this chapter, principles offer moral or ethical guidance at a level of specificity between those of foundational ethical theories, such as the Golden Rule or Immanuel Kant’s Categorical Imperative, and detailed rules of conduct, such as the 600-some commandments in the Hebrew Bible or the ever-expanding U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. In this chapter I describe the utility of a principle-based approach and offer a preliminary set of principles intended to provide practical guidance to people and organizations who create, distribute, use, and regulate pervasive information and communication technologies (PICT). My goal is to articulate principles at a level of abstraction that will facilitate (a) the creation of appropriate rules and (b) ethically sound decision-making and behavior in circumstances that no rules cover.
KeywordsMoral Obligation Liberal Democracy Golden Rule Ethical Analysis Categorical Imperative
In addition to many of the people mentioned in the Acknowledgments for the entire volume, I am indebted to Katherine D. Seelman and Jennifer Livesay for critical comments on an earlier draft.
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