Experiencing ethics through ‘things’: open IoT, civil drones and wearable sensors - Study
This report responds with a methodological proposal to the quest for “Responsible Research and Innovation” which is presented as the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 lemma. RRI is supported by five main pillars that mirror different commitments that are deemed to support responsibility in research and innovation: participation, ethics, equity, openness and education. Governance of research and innovation lies with those pillars and commitments. This report uses three case studies to propose a methodology that combines public engagement with ethics evaluations. We have called it “ethics... dialogues” about science and technology. This concept implements a methodological approach that has been developing for the last years at the JRC, which attempts to make ethics a dialogical process, given the societal transformation that information technologies are co-producing. Through different social research approaches, the proposed methodology was used in three cases: IoT, Civil Drones and Wearable Sensors, investigating different ethical questions.