Issues, concepts and methods relating to the identification of the ethics of emerging ICTs

Bernd Carsten Stahl, Richard Heersmink, Philippe Goujon, Catherine Flick, Jeroen van den Hoven, Kutoma J. Wakunuma, Veikko Ikonen, Michael Rader

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Ethical issues of information and communication technologies (ICTs) are important because they can have significant effects on human liberty, happiness, their ability to lead a good life. They are also of functional interest because they can determine whether technologies are used and whether their positive potential can unfold. For these reasons policy makers are interested in finding out what these issues are and how they can be addressed. The best way of creating ICT policy that is sensitive to ethical issues would be to be proactive and address such issues at early stages of the technology life cycle. The present papers uses this position as a starting point and discusses how knowledge of ethical aspects of emerging ICTs can be gained. It develops a methodology that goes beyond established futures methodologies to cater for the difficult nature of ethical issues. The paper goes on to outline some of the preliminary findings of a European research project that has applied this method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalCommunications of the IIMA
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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