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Chapter 14. Ethics > Ethical Considerations

14.1. Ethical Considerations

The truth is that ethics is one of the many hidden dimensions of information architecture. As Geoffrey Bowker and Susan Star state in Sorting Things Out:[2]

[2] Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences, by Geoffrey C. Bowker and Susan Leigh Star. MIT Press (1999).

Good, usable systems disappear almost by definition. The easier they are to use, the harder they are to see.

Large information systems such as the Internet or global databases carry with them a politics of voice and value that is often invisible, embedded in layers of infrastructure.


  

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