Artificially intelligent technologies are complex data processing systems that pose several ethical challenges. We should consider the data intensity of these technologies and find solutions to the ethical implications in legislation, design and society in general.
We develop intelligent systems to create order in our messy contemporary reality, but very rarely do we put demands on what kind of order they create. Data processing algorithms can be described as the language of the big data age, which creates structure and meaning out of unstructured data. This language is not independent of the context in which it is used but is an expression of given cultural and social norms and values and their priorities. Artificial intelligence is therefore not a free agent, with free will, able to act inscrutably on data from its own computer logic, they are social systems that represent and amplify community values and specific interests. The main message is therefore that it is a technology that we can create and have an influence on. Viewed through these eyes, means that those who design the systems are also designers of social systems more than just designers of objective mathematical systems. Therefore, as early as in the design phase, an analysis and assessment can be made of the social and ethical consequences of the data processing systems being developed.
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Finally, me and my team mates in DataEhics.eu got spare time to develop a set of data ethics principles and guidelines. They are based on years of work and hands on experiences with the life of data handling and practices in organisations and businesses and combines our legal and humanistic knowledge. Our point of departure is a view on an anthropocentric view on the world. Check out the principles, a detailed questionnaire and a FAQ on data ethics here. They may be reproduced freely as long as DataEthics.eu is clearly credited with a link to our website.
The following is an abstract from the book Data Ethics — The New Competitive Advantage (2016) by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg, TechCrunch, Nov 12, 2016.
We are living in an era defined and shaped by data. Data makes the world go round. It is politics, it is culture, it is everyday life and it is business. Our data-flooded era is one of technological progress, with tides rising at a never seen before pace. Roles, rights and responsibilities are reorganized and new ethical questions posed. Data ethics must and will be a new compass to guide us.
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Data ethics – the New Competitive Advantage by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg
by Gry Hasselbalch Lapenta, Rikke Frank Jørgensen
PUBLICATIONS: The right to privacy is a fundamental human right defined in international and regional human rights instruments. As such it has been included as a core component of key legislature and policy proceedings throughout the brief history of the World Wide Web. While it is generally recognized in public policy making that the right to privacy is challenged in new ways in a structurally transformed online public sphere, the way in which it has been framed does not seem to acknowledge this transformation.
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PUBLICATIONS: Pernille Tranberg og Gry Hasselbalch are currently writing a book about Data Ethics in business development. The book is based on more than 40 business cases worldwide. Expected publication in English and Danish summer 2016.
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PUBLICATIONS: In 2013 the think tank Digital Youth conducted a study among Danish youth in 11 focus groups to explore their strategies to control their privacy on social media.
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In 1992 the public gained access to the former Eastern Germany secret service Stasi archives. They consisted of 180 kilometers files and 35 million other documents, photos , audio, documents and taped phone conversations. The archives are evidence of a gigantic effort. Physical penetration into people’s homes, hours of interception and handling of information. Stasi was established in 1950. This was also the year the European Convention on Human Rights was defined (signed in 1953 ) . Two years before in 1948, the UN Declaration on Human Rights was signed. Both had and still have an article on the right to privacy.
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To assert control over the flow of images, personal content and social contexts is essential to young people when using social media. The Danish think tank Digital Youth published the report Youth’s Public and Private Lives on Social Media in November 2013. The report was based on interviews with young people about their strategies to preserve privacy as well as knowledge about data collection, surveillance, data protection and digital foot prints.
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– by Gry Hasselbalch
If you mentioned privacy and data protection in a discussion about digital media business innovation, data portability and social sharing a few years ago, you would most certainly have been viewed as a spoilsport. But do the same today and you might actually assert yourself as a great innovator.
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New communication technologies provide people with the tools to be heard and to participate openly in society. They also influence the way we live our everyday lives and interact with each other. Could it be that our awareness of the communication technologies around us leads to a more self-conscious behaviour?
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Inappropriate content ‘flagged’ by users, news items ranked by users, online sellers rated by users, online lexica articles written by users and silent agreements among users on socially acceptable behaviour in online communities…
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From the stuffiness of the cinema and phone booth to the open networks of YouTube and mobiles: While one generation grew up using media in closed spaces, another generation is right now growing up acting and thinking in open networks. How do we, the adults, understand and, just as importantly, speak to the first generation of the network society?
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En digital revolution har fundet sted. Den er fejet over landene, har forbundet dem med sitrende kabler og signaler og dannet et netværk af vigtige informationer. Den har ændret måden, mange af os kommunikerer, arbejder og lever på. Og den har ændret økonomiske såvel som politiske makrostrukturer.
Continue reading “Digitale kløfter (“Digital divides”, op ed, Dagbladet Information)”
Verden føles mindre. Det geografisk afgrænsede rum er blevet til »flows« af ikke kun information og billeder, men også af mennesker. Hvad der engang var langt væk er nu både fysisk, og især symbolsk, gennem massemedierne, uhyggeligt tæt på. Afstand bliver derfor kulturel. Når traditionelle sociale og geografiske grænser nedbrydes, dannes nye symbolske grænser, og verden bliver i stedet inddelt i kulturelle territorier, der bliver tillagt værdi og mening gennem medierne…. Read the full article on www.information.dk