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In this book, Cees J Hamelink proposes an answer to - how should democratic societies organize cyberspace? - that puts human-rights, rather than profit, at the top of the agenda. He argues that conventional ethical approaches are all seriously flawed. There is a growing volume of moral rules, netiquettes and codes of conduct, but they are of little help in solving the moral dilemmas raised by the new technologies. In this book the author analyzes the inadeqacies of current global governance policies and structures that underpin them, and argues for standards which put justice, human security and freedom first.
Chapter 1: Prometheus in CyberSpace
Prometheus in CyberSpace
The audacious Prometheus, according to Greek mythology, stole the fire from the Olympic Gods. When Zeus saw the glow of fire on earth, he became very angry and punished humanity by sending Pandora. She carried a mysterious box and when she could not control her curiosity, she opened it. All the disasters and plagues that were in the box escaped and spread around the world. Prometheus’ theft is essential for human progress. Yet, the myth warns us that progress exacts a price: the anger of Zeus. Whatever breathtaking advances technological innovations offer, they are never without trouble. Technology inevitably brings great benefits and awesome risks. This essential ambivalence raises the challenging question about human governance of technological development. Can ...