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A Methodology for Internal Web Ethics

WWW2012, PhiloWeb 2012 Workshop

9 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2012 Last revised: 23 Apr 2013

Michalis N. Vafopoulos

Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory, IIT, NCSR-“Demokritos”

Petros S Stefaneas

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Ioannis Anagnostopoulos

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Kieron O'Hara

University of Southampton

Date Written: February 11, 2012

Abstract

The vigorous impact of the Web in time and space arises from the fact that it motivates massive creation, editing and distribution of information by Users with little knowledge. This unprecedented continuum provides novel opportunities for innovation but also puts under jeopardy its survival as a stable construct that nurtures a complex system of connections. We examine the Web as an ethics determined space by demonstrating Hayek’s theory of freedom in a three-leveled Web: technological, contextualized and economic. Our approach accounts for the co-dependence of code and values, and assumes that the Web is a self-contained system that exists in and by itself. This view of internal Web ethics directly connects the concept of freedom with issues like centralization of traffic and data control, rights on visiting log file, custom User profiles and the interplay among function, structure and morality of the Web. It is also demonstrated, in the case of Net Neutrality, that generic freedom-coercion trade-offs are incomplete in treating specific cases at work.

Keywords: Web ethics, freedom, economic Web, contextualized Web, centralization of traffic and data control

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Vafopoulos, Michalis N. and Stefaneas, Petros S and Anagnostopoulos, Ioannis and O'Hara, Kieron, A Methodology for Internal Web Ethics (February 11, 2012). WWW2012, PhiloWeb 2012 Workshop. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2003192 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2003192

Michalis N. Vafopoulos (Contact Author)

Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory, IIT, NCSR-“Demokritos” ( email )

Neapoleos st.
Aghia Paraskevi
Athens, 15310
Greece

Petros S Stefaneas

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) ( email )

Ioannis Anagnostopoulos

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) ( email )

Athens
Greece

Kieron O'Hara

University of Southampton ( email )

University Rd.
Southampton SO17 1BJ, Hampshire SO17 1LP
United Kingdom

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