Future ethical standards for ICT, Big Data, AI and robotics


Policymakers struggle to assess the ethical, legal and human rights impacts of IT systems in research, industry, and at home. At the same time, research needs to be useful for industry, academia, and society to have impact on policy. The PANELFIT, SHERPA and SIENNA projects just published an editorial in Orbit to explain the projects collaborate and work together with stakeholders to improve ethical, human rights and legal frameworks for information and communication technologies (ICT), big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

The Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University leads the Human Genomics work stream in SIENNA and develops communications strategy. According to Josepine Fernow, one of the authors and SIENNA communications work stream leader, stakeholder involvement is key for all three projects. Together, the outputs of SIENNA, PANELFIT and SHERPA will support the European Union’s vision of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).


If you want to find out more, we suggest you read the article, where the authors provide a short introduction to the projects and outline plans for collaboration with the aim to maximise their joint policy impact:

Fernow, J., de Miguel Beriain, I., Brey, P., & Stahl, B. (2019). Setting future ethical standards for ICT, Big Data, AI and robotics. ORBIT Journal, 2019(1). https://doi.org/10.29297/orbit.v2019i1.115

Or, if you want something a bit more digestable, we recommend this post on the Ethics Blog:

How can we set future ethical standards for ICT, Big Data, AI and robotics?

Josepine Fernow

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Last modified: 2022-01-10