Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies: A Survey

Mary Rundle, Chris Conley, UNESCO, Mar 21, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

UNESCO report (PDF) constituting an overview of ethical implications of new technologies, including things like the semantic web, identify management, RFID, and more. Taking the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a point of departure, the document does not delve deeply into any given issue but merely serves to outline the scope (as such it would be a good document for in-class discussions). In the end, the recommendation is to form a UNESCO advisory committee on the ethical implications of emerging technologies. I would volunteer (I am, after all, both a philosopher and a technologist), but I think you need to be a member of the secret decoder-ring club to get involved with these international agencies. Via Bill St. Arnaud.
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