Ethics in ICT systems

The optimism behind ICT projects being able to make the world a better place has visibly suffered a setback in recent times. We have written a series of articles about why ethics need to form the underlying foundation of any ICT project, a framework within which ICT projects can be conceptualized to ensure compliance of the project objectives / design/ and deployment management policies with the underlying ethical system, and the need to look beyond achieving ethics just by design. With the belief that ICT systems can indeed change the world for the better if all of the above principles are met, we discuss the relevance of having power-based equality as an essential value in the design and management ICT systems. We also argue that ultimately it is the project teams that need to ensure adherence to the underlying ethical values of a project, and therefore both internal checks by the tech workers who design and manage ICT projects, and regulatory compliance to give them the power to do so, are essential to ensure that responsible outcomes arise from ICT projects. We further relate some of these thoughts to discuss whether social enterprises and commercial enterprises indeed need to be different from each other, with one having strong ethical values than the other.

 

Ethical Underpinnings in the Design and Management of ICT Projects - A. Seth.
Working paper, 2019.

 

Ensuring Responsible Outcomes from Technology - A. Seth.
Invited talk and paper, COMSNETS 2019. Presentation slides

 

The Elusive Model of Technology, Media, Social Development, and Financial Sustainability - A. Seth.

Working paper, 2019.