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Engaging with ethics in Internet of things: imaginaries in the social milieu of technology developers

Ustek Spilda, Funda, Powell, Alison and Nemorin, Selena (2019) Engaging with ethics in Internet of things: imaginaries in the social milieu of technology developers. Big Data and Society. ISSN 2053-9517 (In Press)

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Discussions about ethics of Big Data often focus on the ethics of data processing: collecting, storing, handling, analysing and sharing data. Data-based systems, however, do not come from nowhere. They are designed and brought into being within social spaces - or social milieu. This paper connects philosophical considerations of individual and collective capacity to enact practical reason to the influence of social spaces. Building a deeper engagement with the social imaginaries of technology development through analysis of two years of fieldwork with start-ups working on Internet of Things (IoT), this paper suggests that different action positions can emerge, with consequences for how data are understood and valued. The Disengaged, Pragmatist and Idealist ethical action positions identified in the paper reveal the ways individuals and groups negotiate possibilities for ethical action, through justifications, explanations and structuring of system features.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4450 Databases
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2019 13:03
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2019 23:10

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