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Newsletter #8: Societal embedding of new and emerging technologies & TechEthos Anticipatory ethics Matrix (TEAeM)

In this seventh newsletter, you will find insights concerning societal embedding of new and emerging technologies & TechEthos Anticipatory ethics Matrix (TEAeM).

Y/our Ethics Decide: an interactive Digital Installation on the ethical dimensions of Climate Engineering and Natural Language Processing

Explore the ethical framework with an immersive digital installation on Climate Engineering’s effects and the influence of Natural Language Processing.

Anticipation of societal embedding of new and emerging technologies

This deliverable explores the societal embedding of new and emerging technologies, and underlines important principles like equity, reliability, and the well-being of both people and the planet.

Newsletter #7: Spotlight on policy briefs & key messages on ethical governance for European policymakers

In this seventh newsletter, you will find new policy briefs with key messages on ethical governance of our three technology families in focus.

XR and General Purpose AI: from values and principles to norms and standards

This policy brief presents TechEthos’ recommendations for policy makers to ensure ethical governance, international collaboration, and public engagement in the field of eXtended Reality and Natural Language Processing (NLP).

Criteria for ethical review by RECs in emerging technology research

This report outlines recommendations to help research ethics committees (RECs) review research related to new and emerging technologies. It also provides suggestions for other actors in the research governance system.

Key messages for the ethical governance of Solar Radiation Modification (SRM) research

This policy brief presents TechEthos’ recommendations for policy makers to ensure ethical governance, international collaboration, and public engagement in SRM research.

Key messages for the ethical governance of neurotechnologies

This policy brief presents recommendations for policy makers for the preparation of legislative or policy initiatives related to neurotechnologies.

Key messages for the ethical governance of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)

This policy brief delves into the regulatory challenges within EU laws and policies surrounding CDR.

Suggestions for the revision of existing operational guidelines for emerging technologies

This report scrutinizes current ethical guidelines for three new and emerging technologies and provides key recommendations.

Y/our Ethics Decide! Discover TechEthos installation

This article promotes the TechEthos innovative installations on new and emerging technologies. Check out the installations next to you!

Newsletter #6: Spotlight on the multi-stage and multi-stakeholder methodology

The sixth edition of the TechEthos newsletter highlights the results of our multi-stage and multi-stakeholder methodology and announces our upcoming policy event.

TechEthos Anticipatory ethics Matrix (TEAeM)

The enhanced ethical framework, known as the ‘TechEthos Anticipatory ethics Matrix’ (TEAeM), offers a systematic approach for researchers, academics, and policy makers to assess and address ethical concerns related to emerging technologies.

Enhancement of ethical frameworks and outline of detailed ethics framework

This report outlines the enhanced ethical framework, known as the ‘TechEthos Anticipatory ethics Matrix’ (TEAeM).

Newsletter #5: Spotlight on policy briefs for European policymakers

In this fifth newsletter, you will find policy briefs with recommendations on enhancing EU law on new and emerging technologies, and a suggested approach to transition from values and principles to norms and standards.

Multi-stakeholder evolution of TechEthos scenarios

The report utilizes scenarios to explore ethical implications of emerging technologies, engaging stakeholders and providing a multi-stage methodology for assessment while addressing equity, reliability, and environmental sustainability.

Enhancing legal frameworks at the national and international level

This report provides an overview of the key regulatory challenges identified throughout the TechEthos legal analysis of three technology families: climate engineering, neurotechnologies and digital extended reality (XR).

Can you change the world with 12.5 euros a day?

1,50 US dollar. This is the hourly rate of so-called “data labelers”, workers moderating and labeling online content. Yes, we can do better.

Enhancing EU legal frameworks for neurotechnologies

This policy brief presents TechEthos’ recommendations for policy makers to protect and uphold ethical, legal and fundamental rights considerations in the development and deployment of neurotechnologies.

Enhancing EU legal frameworks for Digital Extended Reality

This policy brief presents TechEthos’ recommendations for policy makers to protect and uphold ethical, legal and fundamental rights considerations in the development and deployment of Digital Extended Reality (XR).

Enhancing EU legal frameworks for Solar Radiation Modification

This policy brief presents TechEthos’ recommendations for policy makers to protect and uphold ethical, fundamental rights and sustainability considerations in the research and development of Solar Radiation Modification techniques.

Enhancing EU legal frameworks for Carbon Dioxide Removal

This policy brief presents TechEthos’ recommendations for policy makers to protect and uphold ethical, fundamental rights and sustainability considerations in the research, development and deployment of Carbon Dioxide Removal techniques.

Enhancing EU law on emerging technologies

This report presents a series of four policy briefs that offer recommendations to policymakers at the European Union level to enhance legal frameworks for the governance of climate engineering (CDR and SRM), neurotechnologies and digital extended reality (XR).

National legal cases on emerging technologies

This report features nine case studies on the national laws which are relevant for climate engineering, neurotechnologies and digital extended reality (XR).

XR and General Purpose AI: from values and principles to norms and standards

This policy brief takes the position that values and principles are not enough for AI regulation. It proposes the operationalization of values and principles in the form of suggested norms and standards.

The TechEthos game: Ages of Technology Impacts

Developed in co-creation with science engagement professionals and game experts, the TechEthos game aims at capturing societal attitudes, values and concerns towards Digital Extended Reality, Neurotechnologies and Climate Engineering.

Tools to develop and advance scenarios dealing with the ethics of new technologies

This report describes the process of co-creation of the TechEthos game that was developed to enhance the TechEthos scenarios. The TechEthos game will be used to surface ethical issues and concerns in those scenarios and, consequently, helping to enhance them.

Newsletter #4: Spotlight on TechEthos analysis of international & EU law

The fourth edition of the TechEthos newsletter highlights the key findings of our analysis of international & EU law on new and emerging technologies. Have a look at our human rights impact assessment and meet our Advisory and Impact Board.

Moral Equivalence of the Metaverse

This scientific paper published in Nanoethics dives into the question “Are digital subjects in virtual reality morally equivalent to human subjects?”.

Neurotechnologies through the lens of human rights law

Emerging technologies challenge us to rethink the ways in which our fundamental rights as human beings are protected by law. What happens, for example, to the right to not self-incriminate if advanced neurotechnologies in the courtroom can provide insights into a defendant’s mental state?

Digital extended reality through the lens of human rights law

Emerging technologies challenge us to rethink the ways in which our fundamental rights as human beings are protected by the law. For instance, how might digital extended reality (XR) affect online safety and the emerging rights to be online and to disconnect?

Climate engineering through the lens of human rights law

Emerging technologies challenge us to rethink the ways in which our fundamental rights as human beings are protected by law. For example, how do your rights as an individual stack up if your local environment is affected by climate engineering activities aimed at addressing global climate change?

Newsletter #3: A summer edition of the TechEthos newsletter

This summer edition of the TechEthos newsletter features the results of our ethical, legal and media analyses, a glimpse of the start of our societal engagement activities and an introduction to our cluster of 16 like-minded projects working with us on Research Ethics.

Policy note: Analysis of expert scenarios addressing ethical implications of the selected technologies

This policy note builds on experts reflections shared during three participatory workshops using TechEthos-generated scenarios. Workshops focused on the ethical issues and social implications of TechEthos technology families.

Analysis of international and EU law and policy

This report explores and analyses relevant international and EU laws and policies for their relevance and applicability to TechEthos’ three families of technologies.

Results of media analysis

This report presents the results of the media scan and analysis. The study sought to gain insights on the media discourse on TechEthos’ three families of technologies: Climate Engineering, Digital Extended Reality and Neurotechnology.

Analysis of Ethical Issues

This report features an in-depth ethical analysis of the three technology families TechEthos is focusing on, including core ethical dilemmas and values and principles.

In short: Neurotechnologies

This factsheet introduces the Neurotechnologies technology family, from key functions and capabilities to examples of applications.

In short: Digital Extended Reality

This factsheet introduces the Digital Extended Reality technology family, from key functions and capabilities to examples of applications.

In short: Climate Engineering

This factsheet introduces the Climate Engineering technology family, from key functions and capabilities to examples of applications.

TechEthos in a nutshell

This general project factsheet explains the challenge TechEthos is addressing and our vision, solutions and focus.

Newsletter #2: Introducing the TechEthos technology families

This issue features an introduction to the TechEthos technology families and the method used to arrive at their selection. Maura Hiney discusses the role of Research Ethics and Integrity.

The TechEthos approach to horizon scanning

This report presents the process of developing a TechEthos-specific ethically- and socially-driven horizon scan approach using critical insights from past and ongoing horizon scan experiences and impact analysis.

Assessment and final selection of technologies

This report presents the methods and results of the assessment process that allowed TechEthos to decide on the three technology families that it will focus on.

Welcome to TechEthos – A TechEthos newsletter

The first TechEthos newsletter is out now. This issue covers ethics by design and features an interview with Lisa Diependaele, Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

Methodology for ethical analysis and scan results of existing ethical codes and guidelines

This report presents a review of three approaches to ethical analysis, ATE, eTA and Future studies and the one TechEthos will use going forward.

Ethics of climate engineering: Don’t forget technology has an ethical aspect too

This opinion paper published in the International Journal of Information Management raises the ethical issues of the world’s response to climate change.

Book review: Thinking AI with a hammer. Kate Crawford’s Atlas of AI (2021)

Anais Resseguier (Trilateral Research) reviews Kate Crawford’s 2021 book Atlas of AI for the journal AI and Ethics, as part of TechEthos’ work on Extended Digital Reality technology family.

New and emerging technologies: A horizon scan

This report describes the 16 technology families that emerged from TechEthos’ horizon scan of technologies with significant socio-economic impact and ethical dimensions expected to be developed and deployed in the next five to ten years.

TechEthos’ visual identity and communication channels

This report presents the process and final choices that allowed TechEthos to develop its visual identity and the communication channels chosen for the project.

TechEthos plans to turn much of its work into ready-to-use tools. Here is a small preview of what you can expect.

  • Societal Readiness Tool

    People often ask themselves: how ready is a particular technology to make its entry into society? Its ethical, legal and social status matter and this tool will allow actors such as researchers and innovators to weigh, compare and evaluate these aspects and make a judgement.
  • Ethical Role-Paying Tool

    With the help of vignettes, players can take on different ethical concerns and issues from different roles. Whether faced with a consensus or a genuine dilemma, the main message is that ethical values need to be considered and weighed even when there is no way to provide an answer that addresses them fully.
  • TechEthos Anticipatory Ethics Model

    Based on reflection on own experiences with ethical analysis in the project, this model will help researchers, analysts and policy makers who wish to assess the ethical issues of emerging technologies.
  • Digital exhibitions

    These interactive exhibitions allow you to explore the technologies selected in the project, the scenarios, and the attitudes, values and concerns they triggered amongst different publics. Ultimately, they allow you to join a dialogue and leave your mark.
  • Policy briefs

    A series of policy briefs will distill our outputs and encourage policy makers to lead the way in ethically-informed decision making on the governance of technologies.
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