Privacy in the Networked World: A Millian utilitarian appraisal

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2009-01-01
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Bayard, Colter
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This thesis is about how John Stuart Mill's utilitarianism can be applied to

contemporary information assurance privacy cases. The expanded use of

networked computing creates a demand for innovative

approaches to privacy issues. The global scope of privacy challenges require

an approach to resolving policy questions that is pluralistic and robust

enough to cross cultural lines and yet provide an objective way to reach a

solution.

In this thesis six legal cases concerning privacy (Katz v. US, Alana Shoars v. Epson

America, Inc., Beacon Journal Publishing v. City of Akron, Condon v. Reno, FTC

v. Toysmart.com, and Gilmore v. Ashcroft ) are discussed from

the perspective of Millian utilitarianism.

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Information Assurance, Information Assurance policy, John Stuart Mill, privacy, privacy law, utilitarianism
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