Gender and Computer Ethics — Contemporary Approaches and Contemporary Problems
I have argued that the topic of gender has been somewhat neglected in computer ethics writing to date. Nevertheless, there is a small body of academic work which takes seriously the point of view that gender has some bearing on computer ethics problems. This chapter critically reviews such research to argue that current directions in gender and computer ethics research are problematic and could benefit from a better balance between statistically based empirical research and approaches which incorporate a more substantial theoretical understanding of gender and computer ethics. This is becoming even more pressing given the arguments of the preceding chapter, namely that the translation from moral position to legislation is often deficient. We now need much more solid efforts to move concepts such as ‘care’ into computer ethics and ICT legislation from the research arena.
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