As ‘Smart Cities’ turn from blueprint to reality, what about smart ethics to guide developers?

This week a Canadian government agency called Waterfront Toronto launched a plan with Sidewalk Labs, an offshoot of Google’s parent company Alphabet, for a smart neighbourhood in a 12-acre urban plot. Sidewalk Labs has a stated aim of building communities ‘from the Internet up’, and this new project promises to redevelop the Toronto Quayside district … Continue reading "As ‘Smart Cities’ turn from blueprint to reality, what about smart ethics to guide developers?"

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‘Copenhagen Letter’ – a welcome Manifesto for Ethical Tech

  Over 3000 people from engineering, tech, business, social sciences and humanities have already signed ‘The Copenhagen Letter’ – a manifesto launched at Copenhagen’s Techfestival last month  calling for an ethical foundation to be established  in technology and design. The letter calls for a “new Renaissance” in the design of technology to put the human, … Continue reading "‘Copenhagen Letter’ – a welcome Manifesto for Ethical Tech"

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Case Study: Tracking social processes on Twitter

Tracking the social processes of groups of people with eating disorders who use Twitter to communicate with one another Project description: Social media networks enable minority groups to join and form communities. That is very powerful. There are many situations where people who are in a minority – from people who have a particular interest, … Continue reading "Case Study: Tracking social processes on Twitter"

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Case study: Your Data Stories

Project Title: YourDataStories Project Description: The proposed solution refers to a web platform for re-purposing data into news and vice versa based on Web 3.0 technologies. The underlying Data as a Service (DaaS) architecture will enable professional and simple users to discover, remix, publish and monitor their digital content under the same or different context. … Continue reading "Case study: Your Data Stories"

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How can we ensure robots share our values? Deepmind investigates

DeepMind launches new research team to investigate AI ethics With each passing week more investment is directed towards the pursuit of ethical AI development. For years there has been a worrying lag between technology development and human engagement with the moral and human rights issues that these technologies will surface. Google’s Deepmind is the latest … Continue reading "How can we ensure robots share our values? Deepmind investigates"

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 Data Ethics’ future is cross-disciplinary: the US science foundation is willing to bet on it

October 2, 2017 The National Science Foundation in the US has just granted $3m to a study on data ethics designed to develop guidelines and other resources for researchers and industry. The University of Maryland is part of a six-institution collaboration called Pervade – over the next four years, Pervade wants to put together a clearer … Continue reading " Data Ethics’ future is cross-disciplinary: the US science foundation is willing to bet on it"

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Case Study: Obesity in Children

  Project Title: The Big O Project Description: The BigO project allows European citizens to engage in the collection of data that will throw light on obesity in children. It will be facilitated through the development of a platform, allowing the quantification of behavioural community patterns through Big Data provided by wearables and eHealth- devices. … Continue reading "Case Study: Obesity in Children"

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Case Study: Smart Stadiums

Project Title: Smart Stadium Project – ethics study Project Description: The Smart Stadium project is a collaboration between Dublin City University, Intel, Microsoft and Croke Park (the third largest sports stadium in Europe). The project seeks to harness existing Internet of Things technologies to develop new smart city technologies and to validate these in a … Continue reading "Case Study: Smart Stadiums"

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Case Study: Where Virtual Reality and Social Networks Converge

Project Title: Reverie Project Description: This three and a half year EU project, called Reverie (now concluded), was designed to examine the convergence of virtual reality and social networks. The work was accompanied by an ethical scan of the virtual reality/social network horizon, conducted in DCU and resulting in two publications in ethics journals. The … Continue reading "Case Study: Where Virtual Reality and Social Networks Converge"

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Case Study: A crisis management system

Project Title: Crisis Management System Project Description: Social media can be a source of vital information during crisis situations but the sheer amount of information available and the accuracy of that information presents a significant challenge. The aim of this project is to provide an intelligent system that can assist relief organisations, emergency services, journalists, … Continue reading "Case Study: A crisis management system"

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