Is The Digital Divide An Ethical Issue

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Digital divide is a new label for an earlier expression used to describe the differences in information which it has and doesn’t
Is the Digital Divide an Ethical Issue?
Is access to every kind of divide regarding unequal access to goods considered unethical? If so then rich and the poor would be an ethical problem too!
Access to knowledge is significantly lessened or prevented
Ability to participate fully in the political decision-making process and to receive important information is greatly diminished
Economic prospects are severely hindered, some of the things that are affected when cyber-technology is hindered or retained from some users
Does remote work help or affect the disabled in a bad way?
Fairweather three concerns with remote work for the disabled are, first, it affects worker autonomy because it denies those disabled workers who could work either remotely or in a conventional workplace setting the choice of determining where they will work.
Second, the practice of remote work can be used to “hide” disabled workers, keeping them out of sight and away from the physical workplace
Third, remote work provides employers with a convenient excuse not to make the physical workplace compatible with current laws affecting disabled employees, such as the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines
Has the Internet eliminated, or even helped to reduce, considerations of race in communication?
Hate speech, including text, music, online radio broadcasts, and images that exhort users to act against target groups.
Persuasive rhetoric that does not directly enunciate but ultimately promotes or justifies violence.
Some see the root of the gender-and-technology problem, at least as it applies to access issues involving jobs in computer science and engineering, in educational practices that contribute to the overall socialization process for women
Three net results of the male-dominated computing profession in which women, are underrepresented in computer-related jobs, are more underrepresented in the managerial ranks in the computing field, earn less than men for doing the same jobs
Video games tend to: either misrepresent or exclude female characters, perpetuate traditional sexist stereotypes.
Why should we care whether cyber technology favors and possibly enhances democracy? Whether it instead threatens and potentially undermines it?
Cyber technology has benefited workers, has significantly changed the workplace
Automation, robotics, and expert systems
Remote work, outsourcing, and globalization.
Job displacement is often associated with automation
Developments in robotics have also raised social concerns affecting job displacement.
Robots, equipped with motor abilities that enable them to manipulate objects, can be programmed to perform tasks that are either (a) routine and mundane for humans, or (b) considered hazardous to humans.
Can robots think in critical situations to do the right thing when there is a critical matter in hand?
Is it murder if the robot mistakenly kills a being, whilst doing its job?
One factor that has transformed work for many employees is that cyber technology has made it possible for them to work remotely.
Are white-collar employees affected in the same way as those less-educated and less-skilled employees?
One thing to be a white-collar professional with an option to work at home at your discretion and convenience. It is something altogether different, however, to be a clerical worker required to work remotely out of your home
Those who see these communities in a favorable light could point to the fact that on Facebook, users can make new “friends” and meet prospective college roommates before setting foot on campus
They can also possibly find future romantic partners in online dating services such as eHarmony
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