The Internet has rapidly grown into a major system determining how we run society. Some argue it enables us to overcome the obsolete systems of money, government and commerce our society is based upon; others seek to harness its potential for these systems. Is the Internet the free network everyone thinks it is? What are some of the ethical issues the freedom of information, in a post-Wikileaks world, raises?
In this Cafe, Dr Frank Langbein from the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University will explore the ethics and politics of the online world. This event forms part of Cardiff University’s Big Ideas programme for March 2011, exploring a variety of aspects of the world of science and engineering.