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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.

The Decent Society and CyberSpace
The decent society and cyberspace

Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 28

The essential question for this chapter is: On which moral standards should a decent society found its governance of CyberSpace? Governance implies making political choices. Many of these have moral implications. This raises the question about the basic moral principles that should guide these choices. It also raises the question about the quality of the social order within which these principles can be realized.

The Foundation of Morality

The debate on foundations for ethics has a long and complex history. It reflects the perennial and puzzling question ‘Why be ...

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