Workshop "New Directions in Ethical Impact Assessment" – Rome 20 & 21 September 2012

Introduction

The workshop (Detailed Program), organised by CSSC,  convened within the scope of Work Package 4 and hosted in Rome by the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC). Its goal was to focus on Ethical Impact Assessment and discuss to what extent the lesson learned from Privacy Impact Assessment methodologies can be applied to Ethical Impact Assessment.

Documentation: "Report of the PRESCIENT Workshop on “New directions in Ethical Impact Assessment”
 

Round Table 1: From Privacy to Ethical Impact Assessment

Ethical questions regarding applications of future technologies and the ethical dilemmas they raise ought to be subject to reasoned discussions at an early stage, preferably before the technology becomes too entrenched in society. If ethical discussion were a part of the design process from the very beginning, there would be a greater chance for constructive interaction between social values and technological potential. An ethical impact assessment, modelled somewhat along the lines of a privacy impact assessment, would be a way of unearthing and assessing such ethical problems and involving stakeholders in the process. The primary task of an ethical impact assessment should be to identify potential ethical issues associated with a new technology. Yet one could pose the basic question about the ethically sustainability of such a methodology. This round table is thus devoted to the ethical issues raised by the notion of Ethical Impact Assessment.

Round Table 2: Ethics of Ethical Impact Assessment

In considering the ethical implications of new technologies, one could ask questions about the key ethical issues or ethical impacts that ought to be considered in the context of emerging technologies. In this context unlike traditional ethical cases, the variables for ethical evaluation are vague and unclear, which poses serious problems for ethics when trying to evaluate new technology developments. This round table is consequently devoted to deepen the discussion launched by the PRESCIENT project about criteria for a new framework for ethical impact assessment.

Round Table 3: A new framework for ethical impact assessment

In considering the ethical implications of new technologies, one could ask questions about the key ethical issues or ethical impacts that ought to be considered in the context of emerging technologies. In this context unlike traditional ethical cases, the variables for ethical evaluation are vague and unclear, which poses serious problems for ethics when trying to evaluate new technology developments. This round table is consequently devoted to deepen the discussion launched by the PRESCIENT project about criteria for a new framework for ethical impact assessment.
 

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