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Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications

Objective

The ETICA project will identify emerging Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and their potential application areas in order to analyse and evaluate ethical issues arising from these. By including a variety of stakeholders and disciplinary perspectives, it will grade and rank foreseeable ethical risks. Based on the study governance arrangements currently used to address ICT ethics in Europe, ETICA will recommend concrete governance structures to address the most salient ethical issues identified. These recommendations will form the basis of more general policy recommendations aimed at addressing ethical issues in emerging ICTs before or as they arise Taking an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach will ensure that ethical issues are identified early, recommendations will be viable and acceptable, and relevant policy suggestions will be developed. This will contribute to the larger aims of the Science in Society programme by developing democratic and open governance of ICT. Given the high importance of ICT to further a number of European policy goals, it is important that ethical issues are identified and addressed early. The provision of viable policy suggestions will have an impact well beyond the scientific community. Ethical issues have the potential to jeopardise the success of individual technical solutions. The acceptance of the scientific-technological basis of modern society requires that ethical questions are addressed openly and transparently. The ETICA project is therefore a contribution to the European Research Area and also to the quality of life of European citizens. Furthermore, ethical awareness can help the European ICT industry gain a competitive advantage over less sensitive competitors, thus contributing to the economic well-being of Europe.
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Coordinator

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

Address

The Gateway
Le1 9bh Leicester

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 285 585

Administrative Contact

Bernd Carsten Stahl (Dr.)

Participants (11)

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TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 110 472

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 70 944

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 85 590

UNIVERSITE DE NAMUR ASBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 100 596

STEINBEIS-HOCHSCHULE-BERLIN GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 29 652

EOTVOS KAROLY KOZPOLITIKAI KHT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 34 800

UNIWERSYTET LODZKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 39 984

Analytica Social and Economic Research Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 15 018

EUREXCEL MEMBERSHIP PROJECTS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 18 480

TELEREGIONS NETWORK

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 17 460

EUROPEAN ELECTRONIC MESSAGING ASSOCIATION AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 19 668

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 230318

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2009

  • End date

    31 May 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SIS

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 068 773

  • EU contribution

    € 828 249

Coordinated by:

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom