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

Light, Ben, Griffiths, Marie, & McGrath, Kathy (2008) More than just friends? Facebook, disclosive ethics and the morality of technology. In Proceeedings fo the 29th International Conference on Information Systems, Association for Information Systems, Paris.

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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.

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ID Code: 75700
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
ISBN: 9781605609522
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright (2008) by the AIS/ICIS Administrative Office
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2014 00:58
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2016 00:11

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