The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by
society involves ethical issues that cannot be underestimated.
Obviously, these issues are not completely new and the new
ethical requirements do not only affect the use of ICTs.
However, some of the traditional ethical issues related to the
processes of learning and knowledge creation clearly do take on
a new significance.
We therefore need to reflect more deeply on these ethical issues
and their relation to education and technology in a global sense
in order to analyse them from an anthropological perspective (or
perhaps from an ontological one?) and to provide effective
solutions that are closely related to the learning processes.
Our main goal is to identify points of friction between ethics
and technology in education and points of pressure due to ICT
use that can be redirected in favour of an educational approach.
As we will see, this approach need not just result from a
strictly scholarly perspective but should allow us to open up
the spectrum and analyse current responses to specific
situations that raise ethical questions beyond formal
educational settings. Surely, a wider educational approach will
become the only clear way to face these issues in the mid- and
This thematic line should therefore be able to diagnose the
current relationship between ethics and ICTs, identify the main
challenges, plan for future ones and, above all, establish
guidelines that education professionals should draw up in order
to ensure the creation of a society of information in which ICTs
are not a problem but part of the solution.