Responsibility of Net Users

THE HANDBOOK OF GLOBAL COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA ETHICS, Vol. I, pp. 415-433, Mark Fackler and Robert S. Fortner, eds., Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

33 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2011 Last revised: 20 May 2014

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Raphael Cohen-Almagor

University of Hull; Middle East Study Centre; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Date Written: June 28, 2011

Abstract

In this paper I develop the concepts of moral responsibility and of social responsibility, adopting them to the Internet realm. I first discuss and explain the concepts and their implications on people and society. Then I address the issue of moral and social responsibilities of agents, or Net users. Next I turn to the issue of readers’ moral and social responsibilities: Responsibility of people who encounter malicious postings on the Internet, some of which might be damaging and harmful. Should they simply read the postings and move on or do something about it?

Keywords: moral responsibility, social responsibility, Netusers, readers’ responsibilities, Internet

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael and Cohen-Almagor, Raphael, Responsibility of Net Users (June 28, 2011). THE HANDBOOK OF GLOBAL COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA ETHICS, Vol. I, pp. 415-433, Mark Fackler and Robert S. Fortner, eds., Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1874066

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