Kramer and Kramarae have identified four sets of masculine gendered ideas that are used in conceptualising the Internet: anarchy, frontier, democracy and community. These are constitutive ideas as opposed to regulative ones; in other words they constitute the Internet. I suggest two alternative constitutive ideas, but not necessarily ‘feminine’ ones, that might be used as constituent parts of the Internet. These are reflexivity, or examining what we are about, and pluralism. The more widespread adoption of these two principles as constitutive ethics would have a profound effect on teaching and practice of using not just the Internet, but developing and using ICT more generally.
Grundy, F. (2005), "Some ideas on constitutive ethics for information and communication technologies", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 173-178. https://doi.org/10.1108/14779960580000270Download as .RIS
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