Connecting, Framing, Challenging: Building better ethics for the digital [near] future

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What constitutes ethical design of technologies, ethical use of data, and
ethical research about people, whether at a company or in the classroom?
This talk begins with the premise that “doing the right thing” is an outcome
of rhetorically powerful tangles of human and non-human elements,
embedded in deep—often invisible—structures of communication
patterns, software, politics, and habits. Every action by individuals—whether
designers, teachers, programmers, marketers, researchers, policy makers, or
consumers—reinforces, resists, and reconfigures existing ethical boundaries
for what is acceptable and just.

This talk proposes a framework of ethics in digital research that emphasizes
a future-oriented “what if” approach. Placing more responsibility on
one’s personal choices is not the most comfortable position, but as the
world grows more technologically mediated and digitally saturated, it is
particularly important to speculate about future possibilities and harms.
Such playful conceptual work is not only useful in developing one’s ethical
sensibilities, but constitutes a critical next step in addressing ongoing
problems with current legal and regulatory discourses.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year12 Jul 2015
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 12 Jul 2015
EventPro-Com: IEEE Professional Communication Society - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 11 Jul 201515 Jul 2015


ConferencePro-Com: IEEE Professional Communication Society
LocationUniversity of Limerick
Internet address

Bibliographical note

This was selected as the opening Keynote of the Conference

    Research areas

  • Ethics, Research, communication and information exchange, Digital Humanities, Digital Culture

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