Alison Powell will speak on “Ethics and the Internet of Things”.
As everything from watches to refrigerators becomes connected to the internet, concerns about data security and privacy are growing. We need to start understanding the consequences not just of what is built, but how it is built – so perhaps we can aim to change the future of connected objects by looking at the ways they are developed.
Describing ongoing work in the Virt-EU project examining ethics, design practice and connected objects, this talk outlines how ethics have been conceived within sensor projects, and identifies new directions for ethical thinking, including ‘virtue ethics for technology design’. In the project, we look at developer ethics in practice to develop guidelines and tools that will make ethical considerations such as whether and how to collect and utilize personal data, an integrated part of the design process – benefiting both users and developers.