Will the internet kill the geese that lay our golden eggs? By Terrell Ward Bynum

In an op-ed article in the New York Times (“There’s No Free Hollywood,” June 21, 2000, p. A23), Jack Valenti – Chairman of the Motion Picture Association – expressed alarm that new software programs [for example, like Napster and Freenet] are making it easier and easier to download “free” copies of music, films, videos, books and software off the Internet. This new capability, he worries, will end up destroying any incentive that musicians, film makers, writers and artists may have to continue creating their valuable products for the world. Mr. Valenti calls those who make and use software programs to download “free” copyrighted materials “thieves,” “plunderers,” “pilfering zealots,” and “Internet marauders.” He asks:

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Terrell Ward Bynum

TERRELL WARD BYNUM is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University, Director of the Research Center on Computing & Society there, and Visiting Professor at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. He is a lifetime member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, Past Chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the Association for Computing Machinery, and Past Chair of the Committee on Philosophy and Computing of the American Philosophical Association. Continue reading

Richard Volkman – Associate Director

Richard Volkman is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University and Associate Director of the Research Center on Computing and Society. Dr. Volkman’s interests in information technology issue from a desire to understand how and to what extent the Internet and other information technologies impact our ability to make judgments about the good life. Continue reading

Krystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska – Senior Research Associate

Krystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska is a Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University, Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University, as well as Senior Research Associate in the Research Center on Computing & Society. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion (Co-Chair of the Group on Religion in Eastern Europe and the Former USSR, 1995-1999), American Philosophical Association, Christians Associated for Relationships with Eastern Europe (member of the Executive Board), Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, Karl Jaspers Society of North America, Polish Karl Jaspers Society. Continue reading

Xiaomei Yang – Research Associate

Xiaomei Yang is Research Associate in the Research Center on Computing & Society and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University. She received her Research Associate in the Research Center on Computing & Society and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She specializes in Chinese Philosophy and Religion and also Ethical Theory. Continue reading

Frances S. Grodzinsky – Visiting Scholar

Frances S. Grodzinsky is a Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut where she has been teaching for seventeen years. She has been involved in the field of Computer Ethics since 1991. In 1992, 1994 and 2000, Dr. Grodzinsky participated in Ethics Workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation. She has given numerous workshops and presentations at SIGCSE, CEPE, ETHICOMP, APPE and ISTAS. Continue reading

Two Philosophers of the Information Age

Two Philosophers of the Information Age by Terrell Ward Bynum

Elzbieta Pakszys – Visiting Fellow

Dr. Elzbieta Pakszys is the RCCS Visiting Fellow for the 2001 – 2002 academic year. Her on-campus visit to RCCS occurred from August 15th to October 13th, 2001. Dr. Pakszys is Associate Professor in the Institute of Philosophy at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Her areas of competence are: philosophy of science and cognition, life sciences, feminism and epistemology. She is a member of the Polish Philosophical Society and the American Philosophical Association. Continue reading