Information Ethic Short Answer Questions.

Part II: Essay Using the assigned articles, your notes, and class ppts, answer the following essay questions.  Each answer should be approximately 7 paragraphs and 500 words (5 points each).

1. What is a Prisoners’ Dilemma? How might you model privacy intrusions or intellectual property access/use (pick one) as a prisoner’s dilemma game?  Be sure to make clear what assumptions are required to generate a true prisoners’ dilemma.  What is Hobbes’ solution for prisoners’ dilemma situations? Finally, discuss how you might solve a prisoner’s dilemma game related to privacy or intellectual property.\

2. J. S. Mill and K. Marx offer radically different theories concerning the justification of property rights, the distribution of wealth, and how much we owe each other as citizens. Discuss in as much detail as you are able, how each of these theorists would address the issue of privacy rights in relation to technology.  Whose view is more defensible? Why?

3. Present Mill’s ‘best policy’ argument in support of free speech. Why does he think that we should adopt a near absolute rule regarding free speech and expression?  How does he distinguish between ‘self-regarding’ acts and ‘other-regarding’ acts?  What counts as ‘harm’ for Mill?  How would Mill view microaggressions, hate speech, de-platforming, and compelled speech?

4. Critically evaluate the hacker slogan “information wants to be free” in the context of two of the following: intellectual property, privacy, free speech, and security.   Should information be “free” in terms of price and/or accessibility? Referencing the authors and articles we have covered this term give an argument in support of your view.

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