Call for papers: The Ethics of Disruptive Technologies

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Trilateral Research

Date: 5 June 2019

We invite you to submit your paper for the “Ethics by Design” track of the 4TU.Ethics Biannual Conference “The Ethics of Disruptive Technologies”co-organised by SIENNA and SHERPA, two EU projects studying the ethical and human rights aspects of AI, big data, robotics, human enhancement and human genomics.

Design for Values approaches have flourished in recent years, following the pioneering work of Batya Friedman and her associates who have advocated, since the 1990s, the approach of value-sensitive design. Recently, the approach has also captured the attention of industry, policy makers and research funders, in particular, the European Commission (EC) with its Horizon 2020 and forthcoming Horizon Europe funding programmes.  The term used by the EC is “Ethics by design”, and it is now implemented in the general Ethics Review protocol used by the EC in Horizon 2020 and receives special attention in the Artificial Intelligence funding scheme in which it is set to become a required element for new project proposals.

Ethics by design is defined by the EC as the implementation, starting from the beginning of the design process, of ethical and legal principles.  The EC is currently exploring what ethics by design principles and methods might look like.  In SIENNA and SHERPA, one of the objectives is the development of ethics by design principles and methodologies for the new Horizon Europe programme.

Trilateral Research’s interdisciplinary team is made of data scientists, computer scientists, social scientists and ethical and legal experts who work across the technology-social disciplinary divide to assess the ethical, legal and social impacts of new technologies both analysing a particular domain of innovation and the impacts that technological systems might have in the contexts of their deployment.

Read about our work in SIENNA and SHERPA.

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Call for papers

Ethics by Design track – Part of the 4TU.Ethics Biannual Conference “The Ethics of Disruptive Technologies”, TU/Eindhoven, The Netherlands, November 7th – 8th 2019

In the Ethics by Design track, we have three objectives:

  • Exploring current approaches to Design for Values / Ethics by Design
  • Making steps towards a concrete, usable Ethics by Design methodology that can be used by technology developers and designers with little or no prior training in Ethics by Design
  • Making steps towards a concrete methodology for the development of AI systems in particular

We invite presentations that cover any of the three objectives.  This includes ethics by design papers that do not focus on AI but on other technologies.  We will have a panel meeting after the talks with invited speakers to discuss the issues raised and to discuss possible further steps and collaborations.

Deadline for submission: June 15th, 2019   Notification:  July 5th, 2019

 Co-Chairs: Prof. Dr. Philip Brey University of Twente, coordinator of the SIENNA project,

Prof. Dr. Bernd Carsten Stahl, De Montfort University, coordinator of the SHERPA project

Submitting your abstract

Abstracts should be 500 words, excluding a short bibliography. These abstracts will be evaluated by the programme committee of the conference. Please include the text “Ethics by design Track” at the beginning of your abstract.

Abstracts can be submitted at the following website:

If you have not worked with the easychair system before, please first register by creating your own personal account and then you will be able to enter the 4TU.Ethics Conference area as an author and submit your abstract.

The SHERPA project, Shaping the ethical dimensions of smart information systems (SIS) – a European perspective, is an EU funded project under the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No. 786641.

The SIENNA project – Stakeholder-informed ethics for new technologies with high socio-economic and human rights impact- has received funding under the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 741716.

For more information contact our team.

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