Smart Information Systems (SIS) denote technologies that combine artificial intelligence and big data analytics for analysis and decision-making, for example, Google’s search engine and translation tools, AI algorithms used in Facebook and other social media, Amazon’s Alexa home assistant, and healthcare and surgery robots.
Responsible research and innovation aim to ensure that processes and outcomes of research and innovation are socially acceptable, ethical, desirable and sustainable. However, despite the flurry of research and policy activities surrounding Smart Information Systems, at present, there is no agreement on what exactly the potential risks to ethics and human rights will be, what can be done about them or whose responsibility this would be.
How can we ensure that ethical principles and human rights are safeguarded during the development and deployment of Smart Information Systems?
The SHERPA project will develop policy recommendations to identify and address the ethical dimensions of Smart Information Systems (SIS) technologies.
The SHERPA project will support responsible research innovation by:
Trilateral assesses the ethical, cyber-security, and human rights issues that need to be considered in the development of Smart Information Systems.
Trilateral develops case studies and future scenarios exploring current technologies and applications, with a special focus on how cyber threats and technical solutions may pose risks to human rights and considers what measures are needed to mitigate and avoid unwanted negative impact to societal values.
Trilateral engages Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry experts, civil society organisations, policymakers, professional bodies, security companies, academia, and the media in a Delphi study to understand the complexity and challenges of implementing Smart Information Systems and explore regulatory options with industry experts.
The Delphi method will allow end-users to identify issues likely to emerge from future technologies and potential solutions for the responsible development and use of Smart Information Systems.
Trilateral works on enhancing the project findings by creating a network including ICT industry experts, civil society organisations, policymakers, professional bodies, security companies, academia, and the media to reach out to all relevant stakeholders’ communities, facilitating novel collaborations, amplifying SHERPA’s results and encouraging responsible research innovation.
Trilateral will develop a set of policy recommendations that promote the ethical development of new technologies, focusing on strengthening of human rights, reduction of ethical tensions, enhancement of responsible research innovation, ease of use, the likelihood of adoption, and value for money.
The SHERPA project – Shaping the ethical dimensions of smart information systems (SIS), a European perspective – has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 786641.
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