Technology is not neutral. In this course we discuss and practice how to recognise and address moral questions in digital innovation. How do you respect personal and public values such as security, autonomy, well-being or distributive justice in technological designs? And how do your own values and norms influence the choices you make or would like to make? We introduce various ethical tools and techniques and show how their application leads to more value-sensitive choices. This will be very much a hands-on course.
Every digital application stimulates some behaviour while discouraging other behaviour. These effects may be immediate, but they may also occur much later in time. They may affect direct users of the applications, but also other, indirect, stakeholders. As the huge implications of digitalisation become ever more apparent, we see an increase in moral awareness concerning digital innovation. In this course we provide product owners, designers, developers and implementers of digital solutions the instruments to recognise and address moral questions and dilemmas. The aim is to use the great opportunities digitalisation offers in a responsible manner that respects individual and societal values.
We address the following topics:
The course contains brief introductions of ethical theory and explanations of practical ethical tools, with a focus on applying these theories and tools in actual cases. In this way the participants will get hands-on experience of how to apply the theory to their own work and life.
This course will be provided on location in Utrecht. If this appears impossible, and only then, it will be provided online.
Dr. ir. Marlies van Steenbergen
Drs. Cathelijn Timmers
Students or practitioners who are involved or interested in digitalisation and want to learn more about the impact of digitalization on human values and how to take this into account during design and implementation of digital solutions.
Provide participants with insights and practical experience in recognizing, addressing and dealing with moral questions in digital innovation.
5 days, 6-8 contact hours per day, 1-2 self-study hours per day
Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.
Marlies van Steenbergen | E: email@example.com