Jos Pierson - Speaker

Debate description The benefits offered by digital technologies to individuals and society as a whole are mitigated or even endangered by the abrupt change that the evolution and take –up of these same technologies brings. The speed and complexity of this change seems to lead to a dilution of ethical and social consciousness and a shifting away of accountability and responsibility for personal behavior and its results (“it is the system’s fault”). The Web as a quality- neutral platform for information and communication offers little in the way of social role models or culture-based norms. There is much legislating and regulating effort ongoing which however cannot and will not obviate the need for properly and dynamically framing of “digital ethics” by individuals and society to aid and complement what is achieved via the aforementioned legislation/regulation. In addition, any digital ethics framework will increasingly have to include dealing with decisions by autonomous systems (robots, profiling systems, embedded and connected systems, remote control systems, etc.), which are still managed by legal persons. Such a framework should be based on high level and yet clear principles that citizens recognize and trust. These would include for example: authentication without retention of personal data; proportionality and minimization in data collection and use; reciprocity of consumer vs. service provider; universal access (no digital divide), evolution of democratic processes, sustainability; respect and fairness. The debate will focus on: which principles are critical for a framework of digital ethics? In doing so we will take account of principles earlier proposed in the DEF debate on digital ethics (see blog post below): authentication without retention of personal data; proportionality and minimization in data collection and use; reciprocity of consumer vs. service provider; universal access (no digital divide), evolution of democratic processes, sustainability; respect and fairness.
1 Mar 2016

Event (Workshop)

TitleDigital Enlightenment Forum debate
Period1/03/161/03/16
Web address (URL)
LocationBelgian Federal State Secretary responsible for Privacy
CityBrussels
CountryBelgium
Degree of recognitionInternational event

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