“Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies”
A UNESCO survey on INFOethics
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The survey was prepared by Mary Rundle and Chris Conely of the NGO Geneva Net Dialogue at UNESCO’s request.
In presenting the results, an introductory story is first provided of how the technologies covered relate to one another. Infoethics goals are then presented. Subsequently, for each technological trend surveyed, the report contains a short chapter drafted in lay terms to provide an overview of the relevant technology and to highlight ramifications and concerns. The infoethics analysis is then summarized and the story of the emerging technologies revisited. Finally, the report offers recommendations on ways to advance infoethics goals in anticipation of these oncoming technologies.
The ethical, legal and societal implications of ICTs are one of the three main priorities of UNESCOâ€™s Information for All Programme and UNESCO was recently designated as the Facilitator for the implementation of Action Line C10 â€œEthical Dimensions of the Information Societyâ€ of the Geneva Action Plan adopted by the World Summit on the Information Society.