Ethical governance for emerging ICTs: Opening cognitive framing and achieving ethical reflexivity.

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2010

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Springer

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Peer reviewed

Abstract

The impact of techno-scientific developments on societal evolution and lifestyles no longer needs to be demonstrated. The last half of the twentieth century has witnessed a considerable acceleration of the integration of technological elements, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into the means of economic production in particular, and social life in general. This article aims to address the methods and practices by which we can effectively open the currently closed cognitive framing of those involved in making ethical governance decisions. This can be done by introducing a second-order reflexivity to allow for accountability and participation in a governance strategy that enables real effectiveness of ethical norm expression in technological projects. This paper draws on the Louvain school of theory of Lenoble and Maesschalk (cf. especially 2006) [10]. The paper’s two authors are both involved in the EGAIS1 and ETICA2 EU FP7 projects where they are further developing and testing out the approach outlined in order to establish an effective ethical governance approach for future European co-financed technology projects.

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emerging technologies, ethics, governance, reflexive governance, technology

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Goujon, P. and Flick, C. (2010) Ethical governance for emerging ICTs: Opening cognitive framing and achieving ethical reflexivity. In: Berleur, J.J. et al. eds. What Kind of Information Society? Governance, Virtuality, Surveillance, Sustainability, Resilience. 9th IFIP TC 9 International Conference, HCC9 2010 and 1st IFIP TC 11 International Conference, CIP 2010, Held as Part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010. pp. 98-111.

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Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)