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More than just friends? Facebook, disclosive ethics and the morality of technology

Light, B, McGrath, K and Griffiths, M 2008, More than just friends? Facebook, disclosive ethics and the morality of technology , in: International Conference on Information Systems, 2008.

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    Abstract

    Social networking sites have become increasingly popular destinations for people wishing to chat, play games, make new friends or simply stay in touch. Furthermore, many organizations have been quick to grasp the potential they offer for marketing, recruitment and economic activities. Nevertheless, counterclaims depict such spaces as arenas where deception, social grooming and the posting of defamatory content flourish. Much research in this area has focused on the ends to which people deploy the technology, and the consequences arising, with a view to making policy recommendations and ethical interventions. In this paper, we argue that tracing where morality lies is more complex than these efforts suggest. Using the case of a popular social networking site, and concepts about the morality of technology, we disclose the ethics of Facebook as diffuse and multiple. In our conclusions we provide some reflections on the possibilities for action in light of this disclosure.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Social networking, ethics, design, consequences, Latour
    Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: BA Light
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2011 10:06
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:06
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17266

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