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Chap. 7 Ethical Issues Regarding Emerging Technologies 1. Do you see the utilization of computers and the subsequent increase in gathering of information as a primarily good or bad development? Defend your position by appealing to utilitarian or Kantian arguments. 2. Should American companies operate in nations in which they may become complicit (directly or indirectly) in human violations? Why or why not? Do you believe that corporations who merely follow the dictates of an authoritative figure are absolved of much of their moral culpability, even if their compliance knowingly leads to violations of human rights? 3. DeGeorge points out the practical problems involved in trying to enforce strict adherence regarding intellectual property (IP) and digital forms of media. What are some ways you can imagine that the industry and laws regarding enforcement of IP may be altered in order to bring the competing interests of the different parties and their perspectives regarding protection of IP into greater coherence with one another? 4. Do you believe that responsibility for access to life saving pharmaceuticals is primarily that of the market, the government, individual pharmaceutical companies, or the pharmaceutical industry as a whole? Explain the possible role of each entity.
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