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Suggestions for the revision of existing operational guidelines for climate engineering, neurotechnologies, and digital XR technologies

Deliverable | 20 July 2023

In short

This report scrutinizes current ethical guidelines for three new and emerging technologies (Climate Engineering Technologies, Digital Extended Reality, and Neurotechnologies) and proposes targeted improvements – based on the technology functions, applications, and socio-economic impacts.

The document proposes a series of key recommendations that can be used for proposed improvements to guidelines.

  • Bespoke Governance: Establish relevant administrative bodies for guideline application, with training and support.
  • Diverse Stakeholder Participation: Facilitate engagement across stakeholders, fostering co-creation and co-decision making.
  • Impact Testing: Assess guideline efficacy with real-world examples to ensure practical outcomes.
  • Inter-Sector Skills Exchange: Institutionalize collaboration between technology providers and policymakers.
  • Responsibility to the Future: Prioritize responsible forecasting, ethical defensibility, and sustainability.
  • Social and Communicative Awareness: Cultivate social awareness among developers, enhancing accessibility and feedback.

Find out more about each recommendation by downloading the policy brief below.


Sara Cannizzaro (DMU), Laurence Brooks (DMU), Kathleen Richardson (DMU), Nitika Bhalla (DMU), Bennet Francis (UT), Dominic Lenzi (UT)

Date of publication

30 September 2023


Draft version submitted to the European Commission for review

Cite this resource

Cannizzaro, S., Bhalla, N., Brooks, L., Richardson, K., Francis, B. and Lenzi, D. (2023), TechEthos Deliverable D5.3: Suggestions for the revision of existing operational guidelines for climate engineering, neurotechnologies and digital XR technologies. Available at


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