Thursday, August 16, 2012

Digital Citizenship ≠ Digital Ethics

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Maybe this is just a personal pet peeve of mine but there's a difference between Digital Ethics (ethical and responsible use and behaviour) and Digital Citizenship. The later is really about doing the things a good citizen does: participate in the governance of the community to which you belong, make a meaningful contribution to the global knowledge commons, leave things a little better than how you found them. i.e. participate in the community in ways that improve it.

It seems to me people often confuse ethics with citizenship. Both are important, they may even overlap in some places, but they're not the same thing.

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4 comments:

IMC Guy said...
17/8/12 08:44  

Are you saying Citizenship is more about the "what you do" in the digital world and Ethics is about "how you do it?"

Katie Jones said...
22/8/12 12:51  

Interesting.

rache said...
23/10/12 08:32  
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shalonda said...
22/4/13 21:45  

this is very interesting but i honestly dont see a big difference maybe you can explain in more detail from digital ethics and citizenship.

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