Editorial: Moral Luck, Social Networking Sites, and Trust on the Web

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Introduction to the papers: In June 2009, the Eighth International Conference on Computer Ethics—Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE 2009) was held at Ionian University, Corfu, Greece. Four papers originally presented at that conference are included in this issue of Ethics and Information Technology. The selected papers examine a wide range of ICT-ethics related issues, which, at first glance, might seem too diverse to be included under the rubric of a conventional theme in applied ethics. On closer inspection, however, many readers will note that the topics discussed in these papers either overlap or intersect in certain areas, especially in their examination of some controversies that have recently emerged in the field. These include challenges posed by social networking sites such as Facebook, as well as concerns affecting trust in online environments. Another challenge addressed in one of the selected papers involves the role that “moral luck” can play in ICT ethics. In our effort to highlight the key ethical issues examined in these four papers, we categorize them under the theme “Moral Luck, Social Networking Sites, and Trust on the Web.”