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date: 05 June 2020

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The author introduces primary frameworks for analyzing and resolving common ethical issues evoked by mobile devices. These include prevailing ethical frameworks along with underlying assumptions about the nature of selfhood and identity—that is, as more individual or relational: the latter also help index important cultural differences in ethical approaches. The author shows how these apply in two exemplar cases: the Fairphone and “quantified relationship” (QR) apps. The two cases of the Fairphone and QR apps, as taking up broad issues of consumption and production as well as privacy, autonomy, and personal relationships, respectively, thus cover a relatively wide range of ethical issues relevant to a wide audience of “everyday” consumers and users. These analyses aim to also stand as examples and templates for further analyses of ethical challenges evoked by mobile devices.

Keywords: deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, care ethics, Fairphone, conflict mineral, privacy, relational autonomy, research ethics, quantified relationship

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