Summary of Research Project Results under JSPS FY2002
"Research for the Future Program"

1.Research Institution Kyoto University
2.Research Area Integrated Fields
3.Research Field Electronic Social Systems
4.Term of Project FY 1998 - FY 2002
5.Project Number 98I00704
6.Title of Project Foundations of Information Ethics

7.Project Leader
Name Institution,Department Title of Position
Masahiko, Mizutani Kyoto University, Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor

8.Core Members

Name Institution,Department Title of Position
Syun, Tutiya Chiba University, Faculty of Letters Professor
Mitsugu, Ochi Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Letters Professor
Kotaro, Nawa

9.Summary of Research Results

  Information Ethics is one of the newest fields in the field of applied ethics, in the sense that applied ethics deals with and tries to resolve the conflicts between advances in technology and people's life in the modern society. The remarkable development of computer and network technology has given rise to so unprecedented and so diversified a set of ethical and moral problems that attempts at solving these problems undoubtedly will take philosophically focused and technologically well-informed intellectual efforts. The problems we are facing include the ethical status of "unauthorized" uses of computers and networks, the cultural and economic imbalance between groups with different historical, regional backgrounds in the globalized information infrastructure, the new dimensions of human rights like privacy and copyright in the digitized world, and the moral obligations and duties as professionals in information technology. The researchers working on the project are well aware of the urgency and imminence of the tasks and decided to collaborate.
  This project has (1) delineated the intellectual domain of information ethics which is both philosophically consistent and technologically up to date, (2) demarcated the domain of information ethics within a wider context of applied ethics, including biomedical ethics and environmental ethics, (3) enlightened both ourselves and the intellectual community with the importance of "case studies," (4) proposed a specific frame of reference against which relevant problems are analyzed, discussed and resolved in a way that groups with apparently conflicting interest can agree, or at least mutually understand each other, (5) created domestic and international interdisciplinary fora in which people of the common interest discuss the relevant issues in light of the cutting edge technology, and (6) defined the possible method and content of future pedagogical enterprise, both at home and in school, that makes much of the importance of information ethics.

10.Key Words
(1)Information Ethics   (2)Information Soceity   (3)IT revolution
(4)Computer Ethics   (5)Engineering Ethics   (6)Applied Ethics