Under Construction / Draft /
These ethical guidelines have been developed in Prosperity4All, building upon work of Cloud4All. They should be adapted to be valid for the whole GPII.
Ethical Guidelines for ...
Introduction to Ethics in GPII
The inclusion of information and communication technology in public spaces, social spaces, homes and everyday life in general, has a number of ethical dilemmas concerning security, privacy, freedom of choice, dependency and consent which need to be considered very carefully. The objectives of GPII share this general concern in as much as it helps users accessing technology by activating their preferences. The key principles of our GPII ethics are:
· A duty to protect participants from harm, by not disclosing sensitive information
· A duty of confidentiality towards informants and participants
· A duty to treat participants as intelligent beings, able to make their own decisions on how the information they provide can be used, shared and made public (through informed consent)
· A duty to inform participants how information and data obtained will be used, processed, shared, disposed of, prior to obtaining consent
· A duty to wider society to make available resources produced by researchers with public funds (data sharing required by research funders)
As ethical issues also have a legal aspect, our guidelines here are not to be seen as stand-alone, but have to be merged and enrichend with local law.
GPII itself also has to be coherent with its ethical standpoint, and accessibility, therefore, has to be included in all the areas: from recruitment of disabled people to assurance of accessibility of the working tools. This also includes accessibility of the media and products that are developed and used during the work done; this includes the recruitment strategies and policies.