Foundations of Information Ethics

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"Serving people well means understanding the implications of technological innovation and having the courage to speak up when patron interests are at risk of being exploited."

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Foreword by Robert Hauptman

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.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Foreword, by Robert Hauptman

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 Communication Ethics
Rachel Fischer and Erin Klazar

11    Global Digital Citizenship
Margaret Zimmerman

12    Emerging Issues
Amelia Gibson

About the Editors and Contributors

John T. F. Burgess

John T. F. Burgess is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. Among the courses he teaches are Information Ethics for the LIS Profession and History and Effects of the Information Society. He is the author of numerous journal articles, is a peer reviewer for the International Review of Information Ethics, and is a member of ALISE's Ethics SIG. Before joining the faculty at University of Alabama, he was Virtual Reference Librarian at Troy University for ten years. Dr. Burgess holds a BS from Birmingham-Southern College, a master of theological studies from Westin Jesuit School of Theology, a master of sacred theology from Boston University, and an MLIS and PhD from the University of Alabama.

Emily J. M. Knox

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. She was named 2019-2020 Centennial Scholar by The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"A unique quality of this edited collection is the range and diversity of its contributors. While most of the authors come from traditional schools or programs of LIS, the collection also represents the voices of information professionals from research analytics, ethics offices, IT, among other settings. Too, there is a balance between and among those who have been active in IE for many years with a younger constituency, those newly engaging with IE in their scholarship, research, and curricula. It is critical to represent such diversity for the future health of the field, as IE scholarship will continue to embrace different disciplinary, cultural, and generational perspectives ... The case studies are particularly useful, and could be easily employed in a class setting, or a workplace environment as a professional development activity. The majority of the chapters provide references to important figures in the domain, while some include highlights of primary source material relevant to the chapter. These elements make it useful for an introductory level ethics and information course, or an additional text in a foundations course in LIS."
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

"The larger point is that libraries and other information professionals should not keep ethics work to themselves but share it and focus on broadening their general principles of equity, bias, and representation ... This book will be a valuable addition to library shelves."

"Situates the importance and complexity of information ethics in terms of the dichotomy of the good that can be accomplished with information versus the ways that it can be used to cause harm ... The chapters on privacy, intellectual property, data ethics, and cybersecurity will have broad appeal."

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