Identification and Governance of Emerging Ethical Issues in Information Systems (IDEGOV)

The IDEGOV project, a year-long research project on emerging ethical issues in information systems (IS) sought to identify ethical issues in IS and looked at governance structures to deal with such issues. The project was a departure from the ETICA (Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications) and EGAIS (Ethical GovernAnce of emergIng technologieS) projects which were conducted from 2009 and ended in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Where the ETICA project concentrated on high level emerging future ICTs that were likely to have a general impact on society, the EGAIS project looked at current approaches to ethical governance in projects with technical development. Despite the two projects looking at emerging technologies and governance, there was a gap that the IDEGOV project aimed to fill. This gap applied more specificity to a particular area of research, of which area was IS. This was specifically with a view to understanding the possible ethical issues that were emerging as new technologies were being used in the field. Therefore, the research took the view that in order to understand the impact of new and emerging technologies; it is important to understand the challenges presented as the technologies become main-stream in IS. To do this, the main aim was to Identify Ethical Issues of Emerging ICTs and Appropriate Governance Structures. To address this, the research team investigated the following areas:

  1. Current and emerging technologies 
  2. Ethics 
  3. Governance

To help inform the research findings and meet the project aim, the team sought the perceptions, experience and opinions of IS practitioners from across the globe. With their input, IDEGOV identified ethical issues in IS, governance structures, suggested ethical solutions and provided recommendations. 

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