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Luciano Floridi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641321.001.0001

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The ontological interpretation of informational privacy

The ontological interpretation of informational privacy

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(p.228) 12 The ontological interpretation of informational privacy
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The Ethics of Information
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Luciano Floridi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641321.003.0012

The chapter is divided into two parts. In the first half I argue that (1) informational privacy is a function of the ontological friction in the infosphere, that is, of the forces that oppose the information flow within the space of information; that (2) digital ICTs affect the ontological friction by changing the nature of the infosphere; that (3) digital ICTs can therefore both decrease and protect informational privacy but, most importantly, they can also alter its nature, and hence our understanding and appreciation of it; and that (4) a change in our ontological perspective suggests considering a person as being constituted by his or her information and hence regarding a breach of one’s informational privacy as a form of aggression towards one’s personal identity. In the second half, I discuss four types of interesting challenges confronting any theory of informational privacy.

Keywords:   informational privacy, ontological friction, infosphere, personal identity, biometrics

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