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FuturICT: The road towards ethical ICT :J. van den Hoven, D. Helbing, D. Pedreschi, J. Domingo-Ferrer, F. Gianotti, M. Christen

FuturICT: The road towards ethical ICT :J. van den Hoven, D. Helbing, D. Pedreschi, J. Domingo-Ferrer, F. Gianotti, M. Christen | FuturICT Journal Publications | Scoop.it

J. van den Hoven, D. Helbing, D. Pedreschi, J. Domingo-Ferrer, F. Gianotti, M. Christen

 

The pervasive use of information and communication technology (ICT) in modern societies enables countless opportunities for individuals, institutions, businesses and scientists, but also raises difficult ethical and social problems. In particular, ICT helped to make societies more complex and thus harder to understand, which impedes social and political interventions to avoid harm and to increase the common good. To overcome this obstacle, the large-scale EU flagship proposal FuturICT intends to create a platform for accessing global human knowledge as a public good and instruments to increase our understanding of the information society by making use of ICT-based research. In this contribution, we outline the ethical justification for such an endeavor. We argue that the ethical issues raised by FuturICT research projects overlap substantially with many of the known ethical problems emerging from ICT use in general. By referring to the notion of Value Sensitive Design, we show for the example of privacy how this core value of responsible ICT can be protected in pursuing research in the framework of FuturICT. In addition, we discuss further ethical issues and outline the institutional design of FuturICT allowing to address them.

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JOURNAL: THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL SPECIAL TOPICS  Vol. 214 (November II 2012)"Participatory Science and Computing for Our Complex World".

http://epjst.epj.org/index.php?option=com_toc&url=/articles/epjst/abs/2012/14/contents/contents.html

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THE FUTURICT FET FLAGSHIP SUBMISSION to the European Commission

THE FUTURICT FET FLAGSHIP SUBMISSION SUMMARY DOCUMENT


FUTURICT is one of the 6 flagships which were funded over a duration of 12 months starting from May 2011.

 

These flagship pilots aim to create a design and description of consolidated candidate FET Flagship Initiatives, including assessment of feasibility in scientific, technical and financial terms.

 

On October 23, the FUTURICT Flagship Pilot presented its integrated research agenda, including the involvement and commitment from key stakeholders to the European Commission. 

 

By the end of 2012 to beginning of 2013, at least two of the Pilots are expected to be chosen to be launched as full FET Flagship Initiatives.

 

FUTURICT is a FET Flagship project using collective, participatory research, integrated across the fields of ICT, the social sciences and complexity science, to design socio-inspired technology and develop a science of global, socially interactive systems.

 

The FUTURICT project will bring together, on a global level, Big Data, new modelling techniques and new forms of interaction, leading to a new understanding of society and its co-evolution with technology.

 

This will place Europe at the forefront of a major scientific drive to understand, explore and manage our complex, connected world in a more sustainable and resilient manner.

The unifying goal of the FUTURICT FET flagship is to integrate the fields of information and communication technologies (ICT), social sciences and complexity science, to develop a new kind of participatory science and technology that will help us to understand, explore and manage the complex, global, socially interactive systems that make up our world today, while at the same time paving the way for a new paradigm of ICT systems that will leverage socio-inspired self-organisation, self-regulation, and collective awareness.

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FuturICT: Accelerating scientific discovery by formulating grand scientific challenges: Dirk Helbing

FuturICT: Accelerating scientific discovery by formulating grand scientific challenges: Dirk Helbing | FuturICT Journal Publications | Scoop.it

by Dirk Helbing

 

One important question for science and society is how to best promote scientific progress. Inspired by the great success of Hilbert’s famous set of problems, the FuturICT project tries to stimulate and focus the efforts of many scientists by formulating Grand Challenges, i.e. a set of fundamental, relevant and hardly solvable scientific questions.

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JOURNAL: THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL SPECIAL TOPICS  Vol. 214 (November II 2012)"Participatory Science and Computing for Our Complex World".

http://epjst.epj.org/index.php?option=com_toc&url=/articles/epjst/abs/2012/14/contents/contents.html

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