Thursday, August 18, 2005

Technology and Ethics: Camera Phones

In addressing technology and ethics I am not concerned with whether or not we have gone too far. Answering that question should really be left up to the philosopher. I am addressing the ethical dilemmas that are raised by our growing inventions and increasing technological aptness.
My first example is concerning cell phones. Although there are many routes to travel from here, I am specifically citing cell phones with cameras, still and video. Is the convenience and fun that having a camera on a cell phone worth the real problem of dealing with secret photos? Peeping toms? Perverts? And every other bad intention that can be satisfied by this small, mobile, covert camera? The following link is for a news article from CNN. It highlights some of the convenient benefits and phenomena surrounding camera phones (like mo-blogs) as well as the security and privacy violations. This piece of technology has more than started new forms of discourse. It has started new types of laws as to where you can and cant bring your phone.

Link to news article

There are other aspects of technology and ethics that I would like to address in this blog, this one is just for starters. Send any comments this way – I’ll be sending more out.


At 10:00 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

Another interesting post.

Since the article was written halfway through last year, there have been a lot of changes with how camphones are constructed and allowed to be used.

Generally, it's now impossible to turn off the quite loud and distinctive 'camera click' noise the phones make when a photo is taken, even if the phone is on Mute. This is generally to make it as impossible as possible for people to take pictures without being noticed.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Luke said...

Edit: shortened link text to avoid overspill


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