By Jacques Berleur (auth.), Jacques Berleur, Diane Whitehouse (eds.)

Many demanding situations lie forward within the improvement of a world info society. tradition and democracy are components that could be lower than specific hazard. The e-book displays on modern complicated and unsure cultural and democratic advancements bobbing up due to an more and more worldwide, technologically-connected international. specifically it makes a speciality of the net, analyzing new metaphors for communique, defining the problems at stake and presenting concepts, activities and strategies. one of the matters mentioned have been: multi-cultural advancements; cultural sensitivities and the involvement of cultural minorities; iteration gaps; gender matters; know-how entry for the aged and the disabled; know-how transfer.

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It is argued that making Internet providers responsible for content is like making telephone service providers responsible· for all voice and data carried on their networks. Will the Internet industry, as a whole, develop meaningful methods of self-regulation which clearly allocate responsibility fir content? Will this be acceptable to all governments and to all citizens? A draft Internet Code of Practice prepared by the Internet Industry Association of Australia aims to establish general standards of behaviour for those involved in the Internet industry (Internet Industry Association of Australia, 1996, WWW).

Ethics of Computing: Codes, Spaces for Discussion and Law, Berleur, J. , Eds (1996), op. , pp. F. , and Regan, B. (1992) Ethics, Vulnerability & Information Technology. Jriformation Processing 92 Vol. II Education and Society (ed. ) Proceedings of the IFIP 12th World Computer Congress North Holland, 1992, pp. 344-350 Draper, M. (1995) Beyond Cyberspace: the Real Promise of Virtual Reality. Vital Speeches of the Day 61 (23) September 15, 1995, pp. 726-733 28 Part One Ethics European Directive (1995) Directive 95/-/EC of the European Parliament and the Council On the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data and On the Free Movement of such Data.

The ability to distribute material widely, cheaply and quickly allows issues to be discussed and feedback to be returned to the initiator swiftly. Information and communications technology can be used to facilitate participative democracy within nations and cyberspace. Electronic forms and computer analysis allow the responses of large numbers d citizens to be collated. The Durango Imperatives include calls for designers and applied research to develop infrastructure, architectures and technical interfaces that support democratic participation (Durango, 1995, WWW).

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