Location: The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Date: 5 Jul – 6 Jul

As digital technologies continue to play and larger role in our everyday lives, the ethics of their application comes increasingly to the fore of public perceptions. However, the development of robust ethical practice that can be applied to the ever-accelerating research and innovation (R&I) processes underpinning new digital technologies remains a challenge. While governments are moving towards improving the protection of individual data privacy, e.g. through the EU introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, private bodies and public organisations are struggling to establish robust ethical principles that can keep pace with the accelerating rate of change in digital technologies. ADAPT are hosting public lectures over two days in July: Thursday 5th and Friday 6th. Leading experts in the field of ethics in research and innovation will assemble in The Long Room Hub: Jeroen van den Hoven, Philip Brey, and Gemma Galdon-Clavell.


Thursday 5th July

17:00 – Keynote: Responsible Innovation: The Fate of a Simple Moral Idea

Professor Jeroen van den Hoven, Delft University of Technology.

Prof van den Hoven will clarify what he takes to be the unique core idea of Responsible Innovation and how it can help to express and fortify Europe’s position in a global digital arms race for Digital Supremacy. This will touch upon the importance of Design for Values and deal with problems of moral overload in pluralistic societies by design.

Jeroen van den Hoven is University Professor at Delft University of Technology and professor of Ethics and Technology. He is Founding Editor in Chief of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer Nature). He is a permanent member of the European Group on Ethics (EGE) of the European Commission. Recent books: Evil Online (Blackwell, 2018) and Designing in Ethics (Cambridge UP, 2017).

17:30 – Keynote: Moving Beyond Privacy to Ethics in IT Innovation

Professor Philip Brey – University of Twente

It is becoming increasingly clear that there are many important ethical issues to take into account in IT innovation other than issues of privacy. This presentation will review some of the major issues and will then present two methods for approaching them: Ethical Impact Assessment – which is an approach for anticipating and evaluating potential ethical issues in innovation – and Design for Value – an approach for including values in design in a comprehensive and systematic manner.

Philip Brey is full professor of philosophy and ethics of technology at the department of philosophy, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is also president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT. Brey’s work focuses on the ethics of technology, particularly information technology, robotics, biomedical technology and sustainable technology. He has focuses on topics such as the ethical assessment of emerging technologies, how to identify and design for values in technology, the relationship between technology, power, and politics, and the relation between agency and structure in ethics of technology. He currently leads a European Union Horizon 2020 project, SIENNA (2017-2021, budget € 4.0 million) on the ethical and human rights aspects of emerging technologies, including human genomics, human enhancement, robotics and artificial intelligence. He is also a partner in the H2020 SHERPA project (2018-2021) which will develop ethical guidelines for smart big data: combinations of artificial intelligence and big data systems.

Friday 6th July:

14:00 – Data Ethics and CSO

Gemma Galdon Clavell – Universitat de Barcelona

Dr. Gemma Galdon-Clavell is a policy analyst working on the social, ethical and legal impact of data-intensive technologies. She is the Founder and Director of Eticas Research and Consulting and was a 2017 EU Women Innovators Prize finalist. Eticas currently employs 30 multidisciplinary staff and has ongoing research contracts and grants from the European Commission (FP7 and H2020 programs), the European Agency for Fundamental Rights and the Open Society Foundation, among others. Dr Galdon-Clavell has led research as a Principal Investigator in more than 10 large projects. She is a scientific and ethics expert at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission and sits on the board of Privacy International and Data & Ethics. He has recently been shortlisted for the Booking.com Technology Playmakers Award.