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Ethical Impact of Innovative Technologies

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Innovative technologies have the potential to be disruptive and have a positive impact on almost all aspects of society.  However, the use of technology can have unintended impacts and it is important to take ethical considerations into account when introducing a technology in a new context.  This is particularly relevant in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Technology can make a difference in many diverse contexts and we want to ensure that these impacts are positive (and not negatively impact on society).  Many new technologies are used as they bring financial benefits, but we must also consider the potential positive and negative societal implications as well.

This nano-challenge will give participants a chance to explore these topics with a multidisciplinary team with a view to providing some potential recommendations.

The Challenge

This nano-challenge will look at the ethical implications of using innovative technologies to address one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Technology can have a big impact in many different areas - but is this impact ethical?  What ethical challenges need to be considered when using technology?  Will it negatively impact others in a way that is not immediately obvious?  What might be the unintended consequences of using technology in a particular way?

Target Groups

Society and its citizens will be the ultimate target group to benefit from the outputs of this challenge. In addition, students will inform the ongoing research by sharing their findings and/or output with interested stakeholders.

Application deadline

3rd October 2022

Format and Workload

This  nano challenge will be delivered in a hybrid mode, offering the opportunity to join F2F with full online participation for ECIU students.  Students will be supported by the DCU Virtual Learning Environment.

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This challenge will take place on 26th October 2022 from 9 am - 4 pm (IST)