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Ethics for Bots
Keyword(s): bots; online communities; MOO
Abstract: The rise of online communities has led to a phenomenon of real-time, multiperson interaction via online personas. Some online community technologies allow the creation of bots (personas that act according to a software programme rather than being directly controlled by a human user) in such a way that it is not always easy to tell a bot from a human within an online social space. In this paper I illustrate ethical issues in bot design by discussing some dilemmas and problems of policing bots, with real examples from Little Italy MOO, an online community, and elsewhere.
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