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  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Digital Risks and Security in CyberSpace
Digital risks and security in cyberspace

Everyone has the right to security of person

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 3

The human rights standard of security poses relevant questions for social ethics since the pervasive application of digital technologies creates new forms of social vulnerability. This chapter addresses the security risks caused by the unreliability and fallibility of digital technologies, and the mental attitudes of decision-makers towards digital risks. It also deals with the threats to information security caused by the current proliferation of surveillance technologies.

Risks to Physical Security

On its first voyage from Southampton to New York on 14 April 1912, the Titanic collided with icebergs. Out of 2,200 people on board over 1,500 died. The new technologies applied to the ...

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