IFIP WG9.4 2020

CHECK YOUR TECH – CONSIDERING THE PROVENANCE OF DATA USED TO BUILD DIGITAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Damian Gordon (TU Dublin) presented the second Ethics4EU peer-reviewed paper at IFIP WG 9.4 European Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries 2020.

Digital products and services are producing unprecedented amounts of data worldwide. These products and services have broad reach and include many users and consumers in the developing world. Once data is collected it is often used to create large and valuable datasets. A lack of data protection regulation in the developing world has led to concerns about digital colonization and a lack of control of their data on the part of citizens in the developing world.

The authors of this paper are developing a new digital ethics curriculum for the instruction of computer science students. In this paper we present two case studies we have developed with a focus on data ethics in a developing world context.  Each case study is accompanied by a list of specific questions to be used by the instructor to  allow students to evaluate the implications of introducing new digital products and services in a developing world context as well as a generic case studies checksheet that allow deeper reflection on the intended and unintended consequences of introducing new technologies.

The case studies have been developed specifically as teaching tools; each is based on a synthesis of several real cases, and are designed to generate detailed and diverse discussions by student groups about the ethics of these scenarios. The use of synthesized case studies has a long history in the teaching of Law courses, sometimes to circumvent issues like confidentiality and legal privilege, which are clearly very important considerations when discussing Data Ethics scenarios.
To highlight the fictitious nature of the case studies, fictional placenames and company names are very often used to underscore the fact that these case studies are fictional.

The full paper “CHECK YOUR TECH – CONSIDERING THE PROVENANCE OF DATA USED TO BUILD DIGITAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES” by D. O’Sullivan, D. Gordon will be published in the IFIP AICT series by SpringerNature.