Ethics of Information and Communication Technologies

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have profoundly changed our lives. They permeate our everyday life and increasingly determine the shape of different domains of life such as the economy, politics, culture or healthcare, and how these are understood. We increasingly live in a high-tech ‘infosphere’, an ‘Onlife World’ (L. Floridi) reshaping human reality. These developments are accompanied by a range of ethical challenges, concerning e.g., privacy and security, digital sovereignty and well-being, responsibility and transparency, fake news and freedom of expression, and discrimination and the digital divide. What ethical problems do we face when Artificial Intelligence enhances the performance of ICTs? What ethical framework do we need for the development and implementation of ICTs? What does ‘ethical design’ mean and what should it look like? This lecture series gives a systematic overview of these subjects and uses practical examples to discuss ethical problems of ICTs in both an individual and social context. Students who have attended the lectures will be able to describe important ethical issues relating to ICTs and critically engage with such issues, based on ethical criteria and positions.


Introductory Literature:

Luciano Floridi (Hg.), The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics, Cambridge University Press, 2010

Luciano Floridi, Information. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2010