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Ethics in Research and Innovation

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 5 – 7pm

Ethics in Research and Innovation

As digital technologies play a larger and larger role in our everyday lives, the ethics of their application becomes increasing to the fore of public perceptions. However, the development of robust ethical practice that can be applied to the ever-accelerating research and innovation (R&I) processes underpinning new digital technologies remains a challenge. While governments are moving towards improving protection of individual data privacy, e.g. through the EU introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, private bodies and public organisations are struggling to establish robust ethical principles that can keep pace the accelerating rate of change in digital technologies.

Public Lectures:
Thursday 5th July
17:00 - Keynote: Responsible Innovation: The Fate of a Simple Moral Idea

Professor Jeroen van den Hoven, Delft University of Technology.

Prof van den Hoven will clarify what he takes to be the unique core idea of Responsible Innovation and how it can help to express and fortify Europe's position in a global digital arms race for Digital Supremacy. This will touch upon the importance of Design for Values and deal with problems of moral overload in pluralistic societies by design.

Jeroen van den Hoven is University Professor at Delft University of Technology and professor of Ethics and Technology. He is Founding Editor in Chief of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer Nature). He is a permanent member of the European Group on Ethics (EGE) of the European Commission. Recent books: Evil Online (Blackwell, 2018) and Designing in Ethics (Cambridge UP, 2017).

17:30 – Keynote: Moving Beyond Privacy to Ethics in IT Innovation

Professor Philip Brey - University of Twente

It is becoming increasingly clear that there are many important ethical issues to take into account in IT innovation other than issues of privacy. This presentation will review some of the major issues and will then present two methods for approaching them: Ethical Impact Assessment – which is an approach for anticipating and evaluating potential ethical issues in innovation - and Design for Value – an approach for including values in design in a comprehensive and systematic manner.

Philip Brey is full professor of philosophy and ethics of technology at the department of philosophy, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is also president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT. Brey’s work focuses on the ethics of technology, particularly information technology, robotics, biomedical technology and sustainable technology. He has focuses on topics such as the ethical assessment of emerging technologies, how to identify and design for values in technology, the relationship between technology, power, and politics, and the relation between agency and structure in ethics of technology. He currently leads a European Union Horizon 2020 project, SIENNA (2017-2021, budget € 4.0 million) on the ethical and human rights aspects of emerging technologies, including human genomics, human enhancement, robotics and artificial intelligence. He is also a partner in the H2020 SHERPA project (2018-2021) which will develop ethical guidelines for smart big data: combinations of artificial intelligence and big data systems.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Workshops and Training
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)

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