Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105664
Title:
Epistemic Value Theory and the Digital Divide
Author:
Fallis, Don
Editors:
Rooksby, Emma; Weckert, John
Citation:
Epistemic Value Theory and the Digital Divide 2007, :29-46 Information Technology and Social Justice
Publisher:
Idea Group
Journal:
Information Technology and Social Justice
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105664
Submitted date:
2008-05-25
Abstract:
The digital divide refers to inequalities in access to information technology. Those people who do not have access to information technology are at a significant economic and social disadvantage. As with any other policy decision, in order to evaluate policies for dealing with the digital divide, we need to know exactly what our goal should be. Since the principal value of access to information technology is that it leads to knowledge, work in epistemology can help us to clarify our goal in the context of the digital divide. In this paper, I argue that epistemic value theory can help us to determine which distribution of knowledge to aim for. Epistemic value theory cannot specify a particular distribution to aim for, but it can significantly narrow down the range of possibilities. Additionally, I indicate how the exercise of applying epistemic value theory to the case of the digital divide furthers work in epistemology.
Type:
Book Chapter
Language:
en
Keywords:
Philosophy; Epistemology; Information Ethics
Local subject classification:
digital divide; epistemology; equality of access; information ethics; knowledge acquisition; value of information

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorFallis, Donen_US
dc.contributor.editorRooksby, Emmaen_US
dc.contributor.editorWeckert, Johnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-25T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:31:34Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-05-25en_US
dc.identifier.citationEpistemic Value Theory and the Digital Divide 2007, :29-46 Information Technology and Social Justiceen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105664-
dc.description.abstractThe digital divide refers to inequalities in access to information technology. Those people who do not have access to information technology are at a significant economic and social disadvantage. As with any other policy decision, in order to evaluate policies for dealing with the digital divide, we need to know exactly what our goal should be. Since the principal value of access to information technology is that it leads to knowledge, work in epistemology can help us to clarify our goal in the context of the digital divide. In this paper, I argue that epistemic value theory can help us to determine which distribution of knowledge to aim for. Epistemic value theory cannot specify a particular distribution to aim for, but it can significantly narrow down the range of possibilities. Additionally, I indicate how the exercise of applying epistemic value theory to the case of the digital divide furthers work in epistemology.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherIdea Groupen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectEpistemologyen_US
dc.subjectInformation Ethicsen_US
dc.subject.otherdigital divideen_US
dc.subject.otherepistemologyen_US
dc.subject.otherequality of accessen_US
dc.subject.otherinformation ethicsen_US
dc.subject.otherknowledge acquisitionen_US
dc.subject.othervalue of informationen_US
dc.titleEpistemic Value Theory and the Digital Divideen_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.identifier.journalInformation Technology and Social Justiceen_US
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