Department of Information Technology
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September 2015, SAC Activity Seminar: Japanese Ethics and Technology

This two-day seminar is dedicated to exploring the relevance of Japanese ethics for understanding ethical issues of technology. Particular focus will be on the effect of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the thought about Japanese ethics and technology.

September 2, 11:00 - 18:00
September 3, 09:15 - 17:00
Venue: Beurlingrummet, Ångström Laboratory

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CEST - Center for Ethics, Sustainability, and Technology

Advances in technology can create very serious ethical problems, with unforeseeable consequences. The problems that may arise are difficult to identify since it is difficult to imagine how technologies can be (mis)used and what unintended consequences they may have. At the Center for Ethics, Sustainability, and Technology we develop theory and methods to incorporate ethical thinking in technology development.

For instance, one arising ethical issue within information technology is sustainability. As we are storing unprecedented amounts of data and renewing technical artifacts at an increasing rate, the environmental impact of ICT is rapidly becoming a serious problem. It is difficult to estimate exactly how big this impact is and we might already be at a point when we need to start thinking about how to handle information differently. Do we really need to store all the information that is created on, e.g., Facebook or are we better off without it?

Another issue is that of privacy in a world where information is aggregated and analyzed like never before in history. What can automated analysis of large data sets reveal about you and your preferences, and can it be used to influence your decisions?

The research at the Center for Ethics, Sustainability, and Technology is aimed at developing understanding about which values are affected by technology development, and methods to safeguard these values in real-life decision making.

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Ambition

  • Be an interdisciplinary forum for research on the societal and environmental impact of technology
  • Arrange courses, seminars, workshops and conferences in this area

Participants

Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction
Thomas Taro Lennerfors, Senior lecturer in Industrial Engineering & Management
Ryoko Asai, Guest Researcher at the Department of Information Technology
Per Fors, Doctoral Student in Industrial Engineering & Management
Mikael Laaksoharju, Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction
Norberto Patrignani, Doctoral Student in Human-Computer Interaction
Anders Persson, Doctoral Student in Human-Computer Interaction
Jolanda van Rooijen, Doctoral Student in Industrial Engineering & Management

Projects
  • Green IT - About reducing the impact of information and communication technologies
  • ETHCOMP - Ethical competence for decision makers and organizations
  • ICTeESD - ICT-enabled Education for Sustainable Development

Collaborations and Conferences

  • International, for instance: Centre for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan; SIGMA, University of Tsukuba, Japan; University of Crete, Greeece; as well as national cooperations
  • Host for IFIP WG9.2 Workshop, June 2012

Publications

Information and Communication Technology for ethical leadership in business. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In Journal of Information and Management, volume 38, number 4, pp 6-11, Japan Society for Information and Management, Tokyo, 2019.
On the Complex Relationship Between ICT Systems and the Planet. Norberto Patrignani and Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In This Changes Everything –ICT and Climate Change: What Can We Do?, volume 537 of IFIP AICT, pp 181-187, Springer, 2018. (DOI).
How ethical robots process information, communicate and act. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos and Ingrid Björk. In 1st TRANSOR Workshop: Methodological Problems of Social Robotics, 2015. (External link).
ICT and sustainability: skills and methods for dialogue and policy making. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, volume 13, number 1, pp 13-18, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. (DOI).
Computer ethics 2013: From policy vacuum to slow-tech. Norberto Patrignani. In Mondo Digitale, volume XIII, number 50, pp 1-4, AICA, Milano, 2014. (External link).
Computers, time and speed: Five slow tech case studies. Diane Whitehouse and Norberto Patrignani. In ICT and society, volume 431 of IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp 122-135, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, Berlin/Heidelberg, 2014. (DOI, External link).
Ethics, parliaments and members: learning to think ethically. Ken Coghill and Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In Challenges of contemporay governance, The International Political Science Association, Montreal, 2014. (External link).
Independent agents and ethics. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In ICT and society, volume 431 of IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp 39-46, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2014. (DOI).
Parliamentary integrity systems: Parliamentarians’ ethical conduct, accountability and transparency. Ken Coghill, Julia Thorton, Cristina Neesham, and Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In , The University of Hull, UK, 2014. (External link).
Responsibility and Competence in Political Ethics. Ryoko Asai and Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In Proceedings International Political Science Association, 23rd World Congress of Political Science, 2014: Challenges of contemporay governance, Montreal, 2014. (External link, Responsibility and Competence in Political Ethics).
Slow Tech: The bridge between computer ethics and business ethics. Norberto Patrignani and Diane Whitehouse. In Proceedings 11th International Conference on human Choice and computers, HC11, 2014: ICT and society, volume 431 of IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp 92-106, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, Berlin/Heidelberg, 2014. (DOI, External link).
Slow Tech: a quest for good, clean and fair ICT. Norberto Patrignani and Diane Whitehouse. In Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, volume 12, number 2, pp 78-92, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, UK, 2014. (DOI).
Storebror vs lillebror. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In Upsala Nya Tidning, volume 124, number 77, pp A5-A5, 2014. (External link).
Supporting politicians’ skill to handle moral issues. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos, Ken Coghill, and Ryoko Asai. In Proceedings of IPSA 23rd Congress on Political Science, 2014: Challenges of contemporay governance, The International Political Science Association, Montreal, 2014. (External link).
Can machines make ethical decisions?. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos and Ryoko Asai. In Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations, volume 412 of IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp 693-699, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2013. (DOI).
Designing "Open Education": How does the ICT-based system function as a new medium of participation for sustainability?. Ryoko Asai. In The possibilities of ethical ICT, pp 33-36, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, 2013.
From slow food to slow tech: A reflection paper. Diane Whitehouse and Norberto Patrignani. In ICT, society and human beings, pp 141-145, IADIS Press, Prague, 2013.
How to handle issues of security and privacy. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In ICT-ethics: Sweden and Japan, volume 15 of Studies in Applied Ethics, pp 54-60, LiU Tryck, Linköping, 2013.
IT security and sustainability. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos and Ryoko Asai. In ICT for Sustainability: Sustainability, Social Accountability and Computing, ETH, Zurich, 2013. (External link).
It's not your father computing: Social and ethical issues of cloud computing. Norberto Patrignani. In ICT for sustainability: Sustainability, Social accountability, and Computing, ETH Zurich, Zurich, 2013. (External link).
Philosophizing as a usability method. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In Ambiguous Technologies: Philosophical Issues, Practical Solutions, Human Nature, pp 194-201, The International Society of Ethics and Information Technology, Lisbon, 2013. (External link).
Research in Computer/Information Ethics: A Gender Gap Analysis and Consequences. Ryoko Asai. In Ambiguous Technologies: Philosophical Issues, Practical Solutions, Human Nature, Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa, Lisbon, 2013.
Slow tech: Towards good, clean and fair ICT. Norberto Patrignani and Diane Whitehouse. In The possibilities of ethical ICT, pp 384-390, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, 2013.
Social Influence on Cooperation and Coordination. Ryoko Asai. In ICT-ethics: Sweden and Japan, volume 15 of Studies in Applied Ethics, pp 24-30, LiU Tryck, Linköping, 2013.
Struntar regeringen i rätten till personlig integritet?. Göran Collste, Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos, and Elin Palm. In Svenska Dagbladet, volume 1 nov., Stockholm, 2013. (External link).
The brave new world of socio-technical systems: Cloud computing. Norberto Patrignani and Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In The possibilities of ethical ICT, pp 377-383, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, 2013.
Tools and methods for security: Stimulating the skill to philosophize. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos, Ryoko Asai, and Mikael Laaksoharju. In European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference: 2013, pp 163-165, IEEE Computer Society, 2013. (DOI).
Beyond cloud computing: why should society be allowed to say a word about it. Norberto Patrignani. In Creating and applying socially, ethically and professionally acceptable ICT systems: Current challenges and what is next?, p 4, 2012. (External link).
Is the post-Turing ICT sustainable?. Norberto Patrignani and Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In ICT critical infrastructure and society: 10th IFIP TC 9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, HCC10 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 27-28, 2012. Proceedings, volume 386 of IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp 183-191, Springer, Amsterdam, 2012. (DOI, External link).
Challenging the Moore's law: ICT sustainability in the Cloud Computing Era. Norberto Patrignani, Mikael Laaksoharju, and Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In Social accountability and sustainability in the information society: Pespectives on long-term responsibility, pp 3-3, IFIP WG9.2 and 9.9, Milano, 2011.
Introducing social accountability of computing in engeneering faculties. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos and Norberto Patrignani. In New directions for social accountability, pp 8-11, IFIP, WG 9.2, Namur, 2011.
Is the IT infrastructure <em>future proof</em>?. Norberto Patrignani and Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos. In The social impact of social computing, pp 356-361, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 2011. (External link).
The common fate of ethics, sustainability and IT. Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos, Mikael Laaksoharju, and Norberto Patrignani. In Social accountability and sustainability in the information society: Pespectives on long-term responsibility, pp 4-4, Politeia, Milano, 2011.


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Updated  2018-01-12 15:49:26 by Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos.