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Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Modern technology has many advantages but it can raise a host of ethical issues. A lecture by Prof. Bernd Stahl of De Montfort University

Social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace, for example, lead to issues of privacy, data protection, intellectual property. They can also cause more intangible issues such as changes in the nature of human relationships. The rate of technical innovation increases, which makes it difficult to track technological development, and even more difficult to understand and react to ethical issues. At the same time it is clear that it would be desirable to have a better understanding of emerging technologies and their ethical implications. This lecture will explore these problems and ways of addressing them. Using the example of information and communication technology, it will outline ways of identifying emerging technologies, their ethical issues, and ways of communicating and addressing them.

Bernd holds four Masters level qualifications covering the academic disciplines of business, economics, engineering, philosophy, and law in addition to his PhD in information systems. He has studied or taught in Germany, France, Ireland and the UK. His publications include four scholarly books (two single authored, two edited) and more than 100 papers in refereed journals, books, or conference proceedings. From 2005 to 2010 he served as founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction. His current editorial services include associate editorships of the European Journal for Information Systems the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and the International Journal of Doctoral Studies. He is a member of DMU's Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility where he leads the Information Society Doctoral Programme. He is also a DMU Teacher Fellow. From 2009 to 2011 he is serving as coordinator of the European research project ETICA (Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications).


Professor Bernd Stahl | talks


Date and Time:

11 November 2010 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



De Montfort University
Hugh Aston Building
The Gateway
0116 257 7452

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