Information and Resources on Ethics of Technology

The ethics of technology focus on rules about developing new technology, and how technology should properly be used. It addresses questions like, “Should a scientist design a nuclear bomb?” or, “Is designing a computer virus fundamentally wrong?”

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR )is an alliance of people, concerned about the impact of information and communications technology on society. CPSR aims to influence decisions regarding the development and use of computers, to provide realistic assessments of the power, promise, and limitations of computer technology. As concerned citizens, CPSR aims to direct public attention to critical choices concerning the applications of computing and how those choices affect society.

Tech Ethics website associated with the College of Education (Illinois State Lab Schools) discusses various topics such as on-line safety, netiquette, appropriate use of computers, and computer issues such as copyright, privacy, and censorship. The webpage provides resources for parents as well as for high school students.

The World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) is an advisory body and forum of reflection that was set up by UNESCO. The Commission is mandated to formulate ethical principles that could provide decision-makers with criteria that extend beyond purely economic considerations. Currently, COMEST is working in several areas: environmental ethics, with reference inter alia to climate change, biodiversity, water and disaster prevention; the ethics of nanotechnologies along with related new and emerging issues in converging technologies; ethical issues relating to the technologies of the information society; science ethics; and gender issues in ethics of science and technology.

Philpapers Technology Ethics webpage provides a range of published ethics articles related to several areas of technology such as biotechnology, computer, engineering, machine technology etc. The website is a very good resource base for researchers and students.

Technology Ethics: Basics, Clinical Application, and Decision-Making is a free ethics webinar series. Participants will learn the basics about technology ethics that could be used across a variety platforms. Factors in making ethical decisions in the rapid asynchronous and synchronous environment will be addressed, as well as ethical issues in assistive technology evaluation and use. Case studies will allow attendees to apply learning objectives in a virtual environment.

Institutes on Ethics of Technology

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology’s mission is to be a center for voices arguing for a responsible, constructive, ethical approach to the most powerful emerging technologies. The institute  is a nonprofit think tank where the Board of Directors includes members from Italy, Sweden, Canada, and the United States. The institute seeks to cultivate academic, professional, and popular understanding of technology, both positive and negative, and to encourage responsible public policies for their safe, ethical and equitable use.

The Online Ethics Center (OEC) is maintained by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and is part of the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES).The Center provides readily accessible literature and information, case studies and references, and discussion groups on ethics in engineering and science and  focuses on problems that arise in and for the work life of engineers and scientists.

Computer Ethics Institute (CEI) is a 501(c) 3 research, education and public policy organization focused on the interface of advances in information technologies within ethical frameworks. CEI’s mission s to facilitate the examination and recognition of ethics in the development and use of computer technologies. The output of this discussion provides educational resources and governing rules.

The Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) is an independent international organization that encourages, supports  facilitates philosophically significant considerations of technology. SPT publishes Techné (a scientific journal that apprears three times a year ), the proceedings of its international conferences, and the quarterly SPT Newsletter. The Society is dedicated to the pluralistic exploration of technology, and welcomes a variety of philosophical and other disciplinary approaches in both its conferences and its publications.

3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology’s mission is to stimulate and undertake interdisciplinary and applied research in the field of ethics and technology; to stimulate and undertake fundamental research in ethics relevant for the field of ethics and technology; to stimulate and undertake activities in the field of teaching in ethics and technology

Center for Ethics in Science and Technology, University of California, San Diego aims to foster science in the public interest by promoting awareness, understanding, and discussion of the ethical implications of new developments in science and technology.

Journals on Ethics of Technology

Ethics and Information Technology is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the dialogue between moral philosophy and the field of information and communication technology (ICT). The journal aims to foster and promote reflection and analysis which is intended to make a constructive contribution to answering the ethical, social and political questions associated with the adoption, use, and development of ICT.

Synesis is a peer reviewed journal which publishes original papers that address science, technology, ethics and policy – both singularly, and in intersection. The journal welcomes submissions that seek to form intellectual bridges within and between the disciplines. Papers may address any area of science, technology, ethics and policy, and may be empirical studies, speculative or concept theses, extant papers, themes, activities and/or reviews.

The Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society aims to promote thoughtful dialogue regarding the wider social and ethical issues related to the planning, development, implementation and use of new media and information and communication technologies.

Journal of Information Ethics is an academic journal of philosophy. The articles presented in the journal discuss a broad range of ethics issues related to computer technology, internet and other trans-disciplinary issues.

Books on Ethics of Technology

  • Computer Ethics- by Deborah G Johnson (ISBN: 9780131112414)
  • Information Technology Ethics: Cultural Perspectives- by Soraj Hongladarom and Charles Ess (ISBN:9781599043104)
  • Science and Technology Ethics-by Raymond Spier (ISBN: 9780415148122)
  • In Pursuit of Privacy: Law, Ethics, and the Rise of Technology-by Judith Wagner DeCew (ISBN:9780801484117)
  • Ethics in Information Technology-by George Reynolds  (ISBN: 9780538746229)
  • Case Studies in Information Technology Ethics- by Richard A. Spinello (ISBN: 9780130991508)
  • Information Technology and the Ethics of Globalization: Transnational Issues and Implications- by Robert A. Schultz (ISBN: 9781605669229)
  • Ethics and Technology:  Controversies, Questions, and Strategies for Ethical Computing- by Herman T. Tavani (ISBN: 9780470509500)
  • Ethics in an Age of Technology: Gifford Lectures, Volume Two-  by Ian G. Barbour (ISBN:9780060609351)
  • Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems- by  Aihwa Ong and  Stephen J. Collier (ISBN: 978-1405123587)
  • Surgically Shaping Children: Technology, Ethics, and the Pursuit of Normality-  by Erik Parens (ISBN:9780801883057)

Articles on Ethics of Technology


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