IT for a better future how to integrate ethics, politics and innovation.

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dc.contributor.author Stahl, Bernd Carsten, 1968-
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-23T10:12:09Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-23T10:12:09Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Stahl, B. C. (2011). IT for a better future: how to integrate ethics, politics and innovation. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 9 (3), pp. 140-156. en
dc.identifier.issn 1477-996X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/5274
dc.description Summary of the ETICA project from a perspective of responsible research and innovation en
dc.description.abstract Purpose The paper explores future and emerging information and communication technologies. It gives a general overview of the social consequences and ethical issues arising from technologies that can currently be reasonably expected. This overview is used to present recommendations and integrate these in a framework of responsible innovation. Design / methodology / approach The identification of emerging ICTs and their ethical consequences is based on the review and analysis if several different bodies of literature. The individual features of the ICTs and the ethical issues identified this way are then aggregated and analysed. Findings The paper outlines the 11 ICTs identified. Some of the shared features that are likely to have social relevance include an increase in natural interaction, the invisibility of technology, direct links between humans and technology, detailed models and data of humans and an increasing autonomy of technology that may lead to power over the user. Ethical issues include several current topics such as privacy, data protection, intellectual property and digital divides. New problems may include changes to the way humans are perceived and the role of humans and technology in society. This includes changing power structures and different ways of treating humans. Research limitations / implications The paper presents a piece of foresight research which cannot claim exact knowledge of the future. However, by developing a detailed understanding of possible futures it provides an important basis for current decisions relating to future technology development and governance. Practical implications The paper spells out a range of recommendations for both policy makers and researchers / industry. These refer to the framework within which technology is developed and how such a framework could be designed to allow the development of ethical reflexivity. Social Implications The work described here is likely to influence EU policy on ICT research and technology reseach and innovation more broadly. This may have implications for the type of technologies funded and broad implications for the social use of emerging technologies. Originality/value The paper presents a novel and important broad view of the future of ICTs that is required in order to inform current policy decisions. en
dc.description.sponsorship The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 230318. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald en
dc.subject ethics en
dc.subject human values en
dc.subject identity en
dc.subject procedural ethics en
dc.subject information technology en
dc.subject communication technologies en
dc.title IT for a better future how to integrate ethics, politics and innovation. en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14779961111167630
dc.researchgroup Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en


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