Applying ethical frameworks and related theoretical perspectives to an understanding of critical issue in science, technology and society.
The cluster’s main aim is to provide critical reflections on the ethical issues rising within the relationship between science, technology and society. Critics of contemporary applications of information technology have warned of the social, economic and ethical implications of data science, automation and/or AI. Others have demonstrated that these have provided opportunities for workers and exploited groups to liberate themselves from existing class and economic structures. In addition, there exist ethical challenges which limit the potential benefits of digital technologies for communities. While information and communications technologies may offer the potential to foster greater democratization, it has been argued that urban regimes have placed comparatively little emphasis on engaging with design and implementation strategies which might support meaningful citizen participation.