...[I]nformation ethics holds that every entity, as an expression of being, has a dignity, constituted by its mode of existence and essence...It is like we might go beyond extending ethics from humans to animals so that we take in anything - any 'informational' object. Floridi talks about replacing biocentrism with ontocentrism.
This ontological equality principle means that any form of reality (any instance of information/being), simply for the fact of being what it is, enjoys a minimal, initial, overridable, equal right to exist and develop in a way appropriate to its nature.
Information: A Very Short Introduction Oxford 2010
It [ontocentrism] suggests that there is something even more elemental than life, namely being [...] and something even more fundamental than suffering, namely entropy.He goes on to point out that this is not the concept of thermodynamic entropy:
Entropy here refers to any kind of corruption, destruction, pollution and depletion of informational object... that is, any form of impoverishment of reality.Need to be careful with this line of thinking of course, but an interesting line of thought.