The Ethical Implications of Electronic Forms
of Communication and Data Transfer

Roger Clarke

Reader in Information Systems
Department of Commerce
Australian National University
Invited Address
to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Seminar Series
at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
Lecture Theatre R113
Wednesday 26 April 1995, 12:00-13:30

This presentation will commence with a brief review of a series of mini case studies of dysfunctional human behaviour on the net. These are being made electronically available in advance of the presentation, to enable participants to prepare for the event.

The purpose of these case studies is to surface some key characteristics of the new electronic environment, of electronic communities, and of emergent electronically-enhanced physical communities.

Consideration will be given to the extent to which the net evidences self-organisation and self-regulation. This will lead to a discussion of possible measures which might encourage the emergence and legitimisation of new and adapted social control mechanisms.

Underlying the presentation (and its title) is the conviction that the prevention and management of the excesses that are evident in contemporary electronic behaviour is dependent on an appropriate combination of the net, ethics and plain old etiquette.

Here are a few references on ethical issues in electronic communications.

Some further relevant material is to be found in my personal notes on the Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference in San Francisco, 28-31 March 1995, and from the pervious events in 1993 and 1994.


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