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p. 1038. The Ethics of Informationlocked

  • Luciano Floridi

Abstract

‘The ethics of information’ explores the ethical implications of the information revolution. The RPT model states that information can be treated as a resource, a product, or a target. All these usages can give rise to moral dilemmas. However, this model is too simplistic and not inclusive enough. A more suitable approach treats the nature of information ethics ontologically rather than epistemologically. This ecological approach to information ethics focuses on ‘being’ — simply existing in the universe — rather than ‘life’. All agents in the world exist thanks to the existence of other entities, and have a duty to ensure the world's welfare for future agents. This is known as ontic trust.

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