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The future of computer ethics 12 years after: in memory of Alessandro D'Atri

Antonio Marturano (Faculty of Economics, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy)

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

ISSN: 1477-996X

Article publication date: 10 August 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the editorial is to remember Professor Alessandro D'Atri, a pioneering Information Systems Scholar with whom the author collaborated for about 15 years. The main outcome of such collaboration is the conference Ethicomp 1999 in Rome. Following that conference the author has started elaborating a paper “Metaethics and the future of computer ethics” (Marturano) which was widely cited and quoted in the field. Thence the author has discussed its impact in the field and discussed some following papers dealing with similar topics. It emerged that such a paper is still a valid one for its perspectives but still not understood as for most of its ethical suggestions.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is mainly philosophical and critical. It uses mostly critical analysis of papers dealing with the same topics.

Findings

The perspectives and the seminal ideas of the author's paper “Metaethics and the future of computer ethics” (Marturano) are still valid and, in some extent, are more fruitful than some following papers covering the same topics.

Originality/value

The value of this guest editorial is in remembering a very valuable and pioneering scholar – Alessandro D'Atri and comparing the author's paper's findings with other similar papers, which results in a better understanding of theoretical problems in the discipline.

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Citation

Marturano, A. (2012), "The future of computer ethics 12 years after: in memory of Alessandro D'Atri", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 124-130. https://doi.org/10.1108/14779961211261030

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