ICTs, Citizens, and the State: Moral Philosophy and Development Practices


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ISSN: 1681-4835

Type of work: Article (academic)


e-Government | ICT4D


This paper examines the moral implications of the use of ICTs in e-government initiatives, focusing especially on national databases, identity cards, and surveillance technologies. It suggests that in resolving debates over these, we need to reach ethical resolutions concerning notions of trust, privacy, and the law. It also draws attention to the ethical problems that emerge in linking the notion of Universal Human Rights with the introduction of ICTs in developing countries.