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Etica nell’infosfera: buon lavoro!

Lo European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) ha deciso di creare un gruppo di lavoro sull’etica digitale (comunicato).

Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS, said: “Most of us agree that we are each more than the sum of our data and yet we are more defined by our quantified selves than ever. Our privacy has almost become a commodity, used to sell ideas and products back to us or to influence our behaviour. I am, therefore, delighted to announce that the EDPS, with the support of an Ethics Advisory Group, has started his work to re- consider the ethical dimension of the relationships between human rights, technology, markets and business models and their implications for the rights to privacy and data protection in the digital environment. With the help of this group, we intend to identify a new ethical approach in the coming years so that individuals are no longer reduced to mere data subjects in the digital environment.”

L’obiettivo è quello di costruire una infosfera equilibrata e plurale. Del gruppo fa parte anche il filosofo Luciano Floridi. Ecco i partecipanti:

J. Peter Burgess is trained in engineering, literary studies, political science and philosophy. He is the newly appointed chair of the Geopolitics of Risk at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, and affiliated to the University of Copenhagen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the University of Chicago.

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of Research of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. The ethics of information has been in the focus of his work for a long time, and is the subject of his numerous publications. For 25 years he has developed views on the relation between IT, ethics, and policies.

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist writer on technology appreciation and criticism, and composer. He was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 2014, and his book “Who Owns the Future?” won Harvard’s Goldsmith Book Prize in 2014. A founder or principal of several start-ups, he writes and speaks on high-technology business, the social impact of technological practices, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, the future of humanism and other topics.

Aurélie Pols is an economist/econometrist and statistician by education and has been involved in the analysis of data from the very beginning of this activity. She is an important actor in the field of “digital data”. She runs her own consulting business in Spain after selling her own first start-up company a few years ago.

Antoinette Rouvroy is a Belgian academic with a PhD in Legal sciences from Florence. She has worked as an academic in York, Montreal and, currently, Namur. Her academic origin is in law, which served as her starting point for the analysis of the philosophical, legal and ethical issues of decision- making processes in a developing information society.

Jeroen Van den Hoven is Professor of Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology. He has written extensively on ethical aspects of information technology. He is Acting Dean of The Faculty of Technology Policy and Management in Delft and Founding Editor in Chief of the Journal Ethics and Information Technology, since 1999.

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