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  1. Information Technology and Moral Philosophy.Jeroen van den Hoven & John Weckert (eds.) - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    Information technology is an integral part of the practices and institutions of post-industrial society. It is also a source of hard moral questions and thus is both a probing and relevant area for moral theory. In this volume, an international team of philosophers sheds light on many of the ethical issues arising from information technology, including informational privacy, digital divide and equal access, e-trust and tele-democracy. Collectively, these essays demonstrate how accounts of equality and justice, property and privacy benefit from (...)
     
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  2. Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers.Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James Moor & John Weckert - 2010 - Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology 4 (1).
    This paper presents the principal findings from a three-year research project funded by the US National Science Foundation on ethics of human enhancement technologies. To help untangle this ongoing debate, we have organized the discussion as a list of questions and answers, starting with background issues and moving to specific concerns, including: freedom & autonomy, health & safety, fairness & equity, societal disruption, and human dignity. Each question-and-answer pair is largely self-contained, allowing the reader to skip to those issues of (...)
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    Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology.Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James Moor, John Weckert & Mihail C. Roco - 2007 - Wiley.
    Nanoethics seeks to examine the potential risks and rewards of applications of nanotechnology. This up-to-date anthology gives the reader an introduction to and basic foundation in nanotechnology and nanoethics, and then delves into near-, mid-, and far-term issues. Comprehensive and authoritative, it: -/- - Goes beyond the usual environmental, health, and safety (EHS) concerns to explore such topics as privacy, nanomedicine, human enhancement, global regulation, military, humanitarianism, education, artificial intelligence, space exploration, life extension, and more -/- -Features contributions from forty (...)
  4. Privacy, the workplace and the internet.Seumas Miller & John Weckert - 2000 - Journal of Business Ethics 28 (3):255 - 265.
    This paper examines workplace surveillance and monitoring. It is argued that privacy is a moral right, and while such surveillance and monitoring can be justified in some circumstances, there is a presumption against the infringement of privacy. An account of privacy precedes consideration of various arguments frequently given for the surveillance and monitoring of employees, arguments which look at the benefits, or supposed benefits, to employees as well as to employers. The paper examines the general monitoring of work, and the (...)
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    Nanoethics: assessing the nanoscale from an ethical point of view.James Moor & John Weckert - 2004 - In Baird D. (ed.), Discovering the Nanoscale. Ios. pp. 301--310.
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    and the Internet.John Weckert - 2000 - Journal of Business Ethics 28 (3):255-265.
    This paper examines workplace surveillance and monitoring. It is argued that privacy is a moral right, and while such surveillance and monitoring can be justified in some circumstances, there is a presumption against the infringement of privacy. An account of privacy precedes consideration of various arguments frequently given for the surveillance and monitoring of employees, arguments which look at the benefits, or supposed benefits, to employees as well as to employers. The paper examines the general monitoring of work, and the (...)
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    Seniors extend understanding of what constitutes universal values.Oliver K. Burmeister, John Weckert & Kirsty Williamson - 2011 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 9 (4):238-252.
    PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to add one further value to the previously articulated “universal values” and to describe the constituent components of three universal values.Design/methodology/approachThis interpretive/constructivist study of Australia's largest online community of seniors involved a 30‐month ethnographic investigation. After an initial period of 11 months of observing social interaction on the entire site, in‐depth, semi‐structured interviews were conducted with 30 participants, selected according to criterion sampling, a form of purposive sampling.FindingsFour key moral values were identified: equality, freedom, (...)
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    Reasons behind unethical behaviour in the Australian ICT workplace.Yeslam Al-Saggaf, Oliver Burmeister & John Weckert - 2015 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 13 (3/4):235-255.
    Purpose – The purpose of this study is to investigate the reasons behind unethical behaviour in the Australian Information and Communications Technology workplace. Design/methodology/approach – The study employed a qualitative research methodology. A total of 43 ICT professionals were interviewed during the month of February 2014 in six Australian capital cities. All interviews were conducted face-to-face and followed a semi-structured interviewing format utilising open-end questions and further probing questions. The purposive sample represented ICT professionals from large and small organisations, government (...)
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    Editorial.John Weckert - 2007 - NanoEthics 1 (1):1-2.
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    Lilliputian computer ethics.John Weckert - 2002 - In James Moor & Terrell Ward Bynum (eds.), Cyberphilosophy: The Intersection of Philosophy and Computing. Blackwell. pp. 366-375.
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    Computer ethics: Future directions. [REVIEW]John Weckert - 2001 - Ethics and Information Technology 3 (2):93-96.
    Changes in information technologylead to new topics and new emphases in computerethics. The present article examines a varietyof such issues, and argues that computer ethicsmust become more rigorous and develop astronger theoretical base. The articleconcludes with a discussion of ways to makecomputer ethics more effective in bringinghelpful changes to the world.
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    Symposium on Animal Disenhancement: Introduction. [REVIEW]John Weckert - 2012 - NanoEthics 6 (1):39-40.
    Symposium on Animal Disenhancement: Introduction Content Type Journal Article Category Introduction Pages 1-2 DOI 10.1007/s11569-012-0145-3 Authors John Weckert, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, ACT, Australia Journal NanoEthics Online ISSN 1871-4765 Print ISSN 1871-4757.
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    Lilliputian Computer Ethics.John Weckert - 2002 - Metaphilosophy 33 (3):366-375.
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  14. Nanoethics.John Weckert - 2012 - In Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Stig Andur Pedersen & Vincent F. Hendricks (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    Intellectual property rights and computer software.John Weckert - 1997 - Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility 6 (2):101–109.
    ‘It is much more difficult than is often admitted to make a strong case for the ownership of computer software.’ This closely argued study of the strengths and weaknesses of the case for intellectual property rights and against software piracy is based on material contained in the author’s joint work with Douglas Adeney, Computer and Information Ethics, Greenwood Press, an imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, INC., Westport, CT, forthcoming May, 1997. The author is a member of the School of Information (...)
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    A Problem with Societal Desirability as a Component of Responsible Research and Innovation: the “If we don’t somebody else will” Argument.John Weckert, Hector Rodriguez Valdes & Sadjad Soltanzadeh - 2016 - NanoEthics 10 (2):215-225.
    The implementation of Responsible Research and Innovation is not without its challenges, and one of these is raised when societal desirability is included amongst the RRI principles. We will argue that societal desirability is problematic even though it appears to fit well with the overall ideal. This discord occurs partly because the idea of societal desirability is inherently ambiguous, but more importantly because its scope is unclear. This paper asks: is societal desirability in the spirit of RRI? On von Schomberg’s (...)
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    Nanoscale-Technologies as Subjects of Responsible Research and Innovation.Stephan Lingner & John Weckert - 2016 - NanoEthics 10 (2):173-176.
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    Human Enhancement and Communication: On Meaning and Shared Understanding.Laura Cabrera & John Weckert - 2013 - Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (3):1039-1056.
    Our technologies have enabled us to change both the world and our perceptions of the world, as well as to change ourselves and to find new ways to fulfil the human desire for improvement and for having new capacities. The debate around using technology for human enhancement has already raised many ethical concerns, however little research has been done in how human enhancement can affect human communication. The purpose of this paper is to explore whether some human enhancements could change (...)
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    Intellectual Property Rights and Computer Software.John Weckert - 1997 - Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility 6 (2):101-109.
    ‘It is much more difficult than is often admitted to make a strong case for the ownership of computer software.’ This closely argued study of the strengths and weaknesses of the case for intellectual property rights and against software piracy is based on material contained in the author’s joint work with Douglas Adeney, Computer and Information Ethics, Greenwood Press, an imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, INC., Westport, CT, forthcoming May, 1997. The author is a member of the School of Information (...)
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    The social epistemology of blogging.Jeroen van den Hoven & John Weckert - unknown
    The impact of the Internet on democracy is a widely discussed subject. Many writers view the Internet, potentially at least, as a boon to democracy and democratic practices. According to one popular theme, both e-mail and web pages give ordinary people powers of communication that have hitherto been the preserve of the relatively wealthy (Graham 1999, p. 79). So the Internet can be expected to close the influence gap between wealthy citizens and ordinary citizens, a weakness of many procedural democracies.
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    Is Relativism Self‐Refuting?John Weckert - 1984 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 16 (2):29-42.
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    Is COVID-19 a Message from Nature?John Weckert - 2020 - NanoEthics 14 (2):129-133.
    Claims have been made that the current COVID-19 pandemic is a message from nature to stop exploiting the earth to the extent that we have been. While there is no direct evidence that this pandemic is a result of human actions with respect to the earth, ample evidence exists that deforestation and other environmental changes, together with climate change, do make it more likely that viruses will cross from wildlife to humans. We humans are mammals and our welfare depends on (...)
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  23. Chapter Eight A Computer Enhanced Good Life.John Weckert - 2007 - In Soraj Hongladarom (ed.), Computing and Philosophy in Asia. Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 129.
     
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  24. Offence on the Internet.John Weckert - 1998 - In Simon Rogerson & Terrell Ward Bynum (eds.), Computer Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Malden, USA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 327-340.
     
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    Comments on “Trust and New Communication Technologies: Vicious Circles, Virtuous Circles, Possible Futures”. [REVIEW]John Weckert - 2010 - Knowledge, Technology & Policy 23 (3):307-309.
    These comments claim that a shift has occurred between early discussions of online trust, where the focus was on the possibility of such trust and later ones, such as Ess’s, where the concern is more with the influence of the new communication technologies on trust in general. The comments, then, focus on _affordance_ as examined by Ess, arguing that it is, indeed, a central issue in new communications and trust.
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    Child pornography and deception on the internet: some ethical considerations.John Weckert & Barney Dalgarno - 2006 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 4 (4):205-213.
    Technology facilitates certain behaviours. This underlies the argument that the Internet may not be as benign as we might like to think. It is argued in this paper, through examination of the case of the capture of a large number of people on charges of possession of child pornography, that the Internet constitutes a kind of unintentional entrapment. Some consequences of this are explored.
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    Erratum to: A Problem with Societal Desirability as a Component of Responsible Research and Innovation: the “If we don’t somebody else will” Argument.John Weckert, Hector Rodriguez Valdes & Sadjad Soltanzadeh - 2016 - NanoEthics 10 (2):227-227.
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    The Digital Divide in Asia.Tanveer Zia, Yeslam Al-Saggaf, Md Zahidul Islam, Lihong Zheng & John Weckert - 2009 - Journal of Information Ethics 18 (2):50-76.
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    Functionalism's impotence.John Weckert - 1990 - Philosophical Inquiry 32 (1-2):32-43.
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    Privacy from a Saudi Arabian Perspective.Yeslam Al-Saggaf & John Weckert - 2011 - Journal of Information Ethics 20 (1):34-53.
  31. What is so bad about internet content regulation?John Weckert - 2000 - Ethics and Information Technology 2 (2):105-111.
    Legislation was recently introduced into theAustralian parliament to regulate the Internet. Thiscreated a storm of protest from within the computerindustry, where arguments against the legislationranged from those based on technical difficulties tothose based on moral considerations, particularly offreedom of speech and freedom to access information.This paper is primarily concerned with the moralaspects of Internet regulation, but within theparameters of current technology. It will argue thatsuch regulation can be justified, despite the factthat given the current technology there will bedifficulties with enforcement, (...)
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    Guest editors' introduction.John Weckert, Richard De George & Thomas B. Hodel - 2006 - Ethics and Information Technology 8 (1):1-1.
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    Encyclopedia review.John Weckert - 2008 - Ethics and Information Technology 10 (1):83-84.
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    The Theory-ladenness of Observations.John Weckert - 1985 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 17 (1):115.
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    Book review. [REVIEW]John Weckert - 2008 - Ethics and Information Technology 10 (1):81-82.
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    Issues: Broader societal impact.John Weckert - forthcoming - Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology.
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    Applying the new software engineering code of ethics to usability engineering: A study of four cases.Oliver K. Burmeister & John Weckert - 2003 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 1 (3):119-132.
    It has been argued that it is in the best interests of IT professionals, to adopt and enforce professional codes in the work place. But there is no code for usability engineers, unless one accepts that it is a branch of software engineering. The new joint ACM/IEEE‐CS Software Engineering Code of Ethics is applied to actual usability cases. This enables usability engineers to interpret this code in their profession. This is achieved by utilizing four case studies both directly in terms (...)
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    Online cultural imperialism: Is it an ethical issue?John Weckert & Yeslam Al-Saggaf - 2003 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 1 (1):21-29.
    Recently two reports appeared in the press, each of which expressed a very different attitude towards intellectual property. One, in the Australian press, discusses a bill before the US House of Representatives that would “give American copyright holders freedom to hack PCs used to illicitly share files over peer‐to‐peer networks, without fear of prosecution or litigation”. That this represents a fairly strong view of the importance of intellectual property can be seen further as the report continues.
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    Issues: Preparing for the next revolution.John Weckert - forthcoming - Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology.
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    Putnam, Reference and Essentialism.John Weckert - 1986 - Dialogue 25 (3):509-.
    In Putnam's theory of reference, an historical component and an indexical one both play some part in establishing the extension of terms, although in “The meaning of ‘meaning’” it is not altogether clear just how important he believes the historical element to be. He seems to be much more interested in its indexical component, which he believes plays more or less the same role in his theory as rigidity does in Krip-ke's. In this paper, I will look more closely at (...)
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