Thoughtful Web #8: The Only Way is Ethics

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A spe­cial, short, pre-Christ­mas newslet­ter / link dump, with a hand­ful of arti­cles on moral­i­ty and ethics. Con­cepts for us to mull over with mulled wine; prob­lems to be resolved in our New Year’s resolutions.

Tech­nol­o­gy and the Moral Dimension
Om Malik on the emerg­ing tech­nol­o­gy sector’s lack of under­stand­ing of moral imper­a­tive, and the need to add an emo­tion­al and/or moral dimen­sion to the prod­ucts we make. We dis­agree on the need for regulation.

Do Arti­facts Have Ethics?
Fol­low­ing on from Om’s post above, Michael Sacasas pos­es some ques­tions we might ask in order to define the moral dimen­sion of prod­ucts, if one exists.

Col­lab­o­ra­tive Econ­o­my Com­pa­nies Need To Start Shar­ing More Val­ue With The Peo­ple Who Make Them Valuable
That title pret­ty much says it all. Lisa Gan­sky on why the ‘shar­ing econ­o­my’ favours the plat­form own­ers over the participants.

Social­ize Uber
Fur­ther to the link above, more dis­cus­sion of how the ‘shar­ing econ­o­my’ cre­ates a low-wage work­force under the con­trol of tech com­pa­nies. By Mike Kon­czal and Bryce Covert.

When data gets creepy: the secrets we don’t realise we’re giv­ing away
Dr Ben Goldacre on the leak­i­ness of our per­son­al data, and the ethics of reveal­ing how much organ­i­sa­tions know about you.

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