Web Survey Bibliography

Title An ethical compass regarding privacy within a digital society
Year 2017
Access date 09.04.2017

Big Data promises social benefits and new value-added chains, can improve health care and prevent crime. Big Data also describes invasive techniques that interfere with privacy. Related questions about ethical responsibility are not systematically practised, the desideratum of the systematic technology assessment is the starting point of this proposal for a conference contribution to Track B.

The current discourse ranges from the proposal to conceive privacy in the digital society as inalienable human rights (Baumann 2015) to demands for a ethical competence including a privacy competence (Grimm / Krah 2015) and up to a so-called post-privacy perspective. Seen from this perspective, privacy and privacy more and more become unrealistic and outdated (Heller 2013) in a networked world; the protection of personal data is regarded as ultimately impossible because even if one determines the criteria under which they are discounted, it is not possible to guarantee what could happen later (Seemann 2010).

The way the discourse is conducted suggests that the complexity of privacy intrusive infrastructures is widely underestimated. The ethically oriented reflection and thus the awareness of the value of privacy are overdue. This proposal is based on normative, ethical justifications of the right to privacy (dignity, autonomy, moral equality) and on social-ethical principles (solidarity, subsidiarity), as well as on questions of digital identity, freedom, tolerance and justice within the cyberworld (see Capurro et al. 2012). From this central ethical concepts for the protection of privacy can be derived: the paradigms of individual control (including informational self-determination), of responsible data processing and of solidarity.

Research questions: Which positions are represented? How are they justified? Who is being addressed? Who is responsible?

Method: Document-/platform-analysis. Sample: Research platforms, non-profit-oriented institutes, networks, associations, non-governmental organizations, activist groups (Internet Governance forums, Acatech, DIVSI, Forum Privatheit, Digital Society of Switzerland, Canvas, Privacy International).

Results: Process catalogue with ethical-based discussion topics, recommendations for codification, strategy; Key concepts: ethical compass, digital competence; watchdog, media discourse, mediation forums.

Added Value: Transfer to other facets of innovation development and self-determination within the digital society.

Year of publication2017
Bibliographic typeConferences, workshops, tutorials, presentations

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