Exploring dilemmas: Ethics, social values and e-Society

Project proposal
  • Deryn Watson
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 161)


All agents for change come with a baggage - and there is now an uneasy balance between technological imperatives and opportunities on the one hand, and social and ethical values on the other. It is up to all stakeholders in society to accept the responsibility of ensuring that this e-world is informed by a range of perspectives and societal values. In particular we need to find a balance between technology shaping social events and vice-versa. Any knowledge society should be giving its citizens a sophisticated digital literacy that enables them to understand the e-world. A knowledge society would include a critical understanding of both the dilemmas that societies and individuals now face in this new e-world, and the different ways in which they might seek to address them. This < Dilemmas > project is rooted in the epistemologies of the social sciences and aims to help expose the multiplicity of perspectives and routes towards understanding issues associated with societal values in an e-world.

Key words

digital literacy ethics information age responsibility social values vulnerabilities 

Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deryn Watson
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Technologies and Education, Department of Education and Professional StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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