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Foundations of Information Ethics



As discussions about the roles played by information in economic, political, and social arenas continue to evolve, the need for an intellectual primer on information ethics that also functions as a solid working casebook for LIS students and professionals has never been more urgent. This text, written by a stellar group of ethics scholars and contributors from around the globe, expertly fills that need. Organized into twelve chapters, making it ideal for use by instructors, this volume from editors Burgess and Knox:

  • thoroughly covers principles and concepts in information ethics, as well as the history of ethics in the information professions;
  • examines human rights, information access, privacy, discourse, intellectual property, censorship, data and cybersecurity ethics, intercultural Information ethics, and global digital citizenship and responsibility;
  • synthesizes the philosophical underpinnings of these key subjects with abundant primary source material to provide historical context along with timely and relevant case studies;
  • features contributions from John M. Budd, Paul T. Jaeger, Rachel Fischer, Margaret Zimmerman, Kathrine A. Henderson, Peter Darch, Michael Zimmer, and Masooda Bashir, among others; and
  • offers a special concluding chapter by Amelia Gibson that explores emerging issues in information ethics, including discussions ranging from the ethics of social media and social movements to AI decision making.

This important survey will be a key text for LIS students and an essential reference work for practitioners.

Foreword – Robert Hauptman Preface 1. Principles and Concepts in Information Ethics – John T.F.Burgess 2. Human Rights and Information Ethics – Paul T.Jaeger, Ursula Gorham, and Natalie Greene Taylor 3. History of Ethics in the Information Professions – John T.F.Burgess 4. Information Access – Emily J.M. Knox 5. Privacy – Michael Zimmer 6. Ethics of Discourse – John M. Budd 7. Intellectual Property Ethics – Kathrine Andrews Henderson 8. Data Ethics – Peter Darch 9. Cybersecurity Ethics – Jane Blanken-Webb, Imani Palmer, Roy H. Campbell, Nicholas C. Burbules, and Masooda Bashir 10. Cognitive Justice and Intercultural Information Ethics – Rachel Fischer and Erin Klazar 11. Global Digital Citizenship – Margaret Zimmerman 12. Emerging Issues – Amelia Gibson About the Editors and Contributors Index

Emily J M Knox is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She teaches a course on intellectual freedom and censorship and a course on information ethics. She was awarded the Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE Instructor of the Year in 2015. Her books include Book Banning in 21st Century America and Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan on a Shoestring . She also contributed a chapter on religion and intellectual freedom to The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories, the 2016 winner of the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award for best published work in intellectual freedom. She received her PhD from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University and her MLIS from the iSchool at Illinois. She also holds a BA in Religious Studies from Smith College and an AM in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School. She was the associate director and reference librarian at the St. Mark's (now Keller) Library of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City for five years before returning to school.

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