chapter  18
16 Pages

Digital Ethics in Autonomous Systems

WithMichael Bugeja

What happens to the public trust when U.S. democracy’s most indispensable element, an independent, community-based press, merges with an amoral autonomous system whose features may obliterate or obfuscate space, culture, and time? In that question lies the whole of digital ethics in the practice of journalism as Fourth Estate, or watchdog over government and other privileged or powerful social entities.