A methodology for internal Web ethics. M. Vafopoulos , P . Stefaneas , I. Anagnostopoulos , K. O'Hara Philoweb , WWW2012 WSSC : “ webscience.org/2010/E.4.3 Ethics in the Web”. Research questions . what changes need to be incorporated in the Web to best serve humanity ?
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M. Vafopoulos, P. Stefaneas, I. Anagnostopoulos, K. O'Hara
WSSC: “webscience.org/2010/E.4.3 Ethics in the Web”
what changes need to be incorporated in the Web to best serve humanity?
Can philosophy help in this direction? How?
start from the Web
assume a self-containedWeb or
the “manna from heaven” hypothesis
(internal ethics analysis)
Durations are becoming:
Discoverable, Observable, Traceable
How to analyze the Web as an ethical space?
how to construct a system that selects, with minimum social cost which positive options to sacrifice in order to minimize coercion (or the dual problem)
Apply theory of freedom according to Web’s evolution from plain s/w to ecosystem
badware applications (e.g. computer-zombies)
traffic censorship (e.g.“Snooping”)
inadequate quality of transmission
badware-infected Web Beings
central control & censoring of traffic
“walled gardens” in SN (privacy threats & fragmentation)
manipulation of indexing & searching (e.g. spamdexing)
un-trustworthy technologies, business & governments
badware & malicious representations
concentration of power in a minority of Users
inability of some people to benefit from the Web economy
free access & inter-connection of any compatible software/device
freely navigate, create and update Web Beings and links
universality, openness & separation of layers in engineering, editing, searching & navigating
establishspecific contexts in order to form beliefs that some Users/Web beings are trustworthy
no barriers to economize
IP address: can only be processed for certain reasons
Treating all Internet Users, Web Navigators & Editors equally
internal Web ethics:
obtain the right balance between:
are directly connected to the quality of freedom in the Web
issues about freedom in lower levels of the Web (i.e. technology) have crucial impact on the subsequent levels of higher complexity (i.e. context, economy)
“time of social systems” is
FAN may ensure neutrality along with the awareness of QoS
create an occurrence, upon which the implicit separation will be performed solely based on the current link status (e.g. dataflow congestion, traffic bottleneck etc.). Therefore, all datagrams are forwarded unconditionally in the pipeline, but they are also “equal”, subject to be separated or even dropped when the network tolerance demands it.
The main advantage of FAN-based architectures is that they differentiate the data flow, taking into account only the traffic characteristics of the currently transmitted information.
Hence, apart from data discrimination, it is not possible to comprehensively discriminate certain applications, services and end-Users.