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Dr Ben Fairweather

Job: Senior Research Fellow

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 207 8098




Personal profile

Dr N. Ben Fairweather is Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, and has been Editor of the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society since its first issue in 2003.  His interests cover a wide range of the relationships between Morality, Social Responsibility and Ethics (on the one hand) and Technology, Computing and Research and Innovation (on the other hand).  Of particular interest to Dr Fairweather are Environmental aspects and Greening IT; aspects relating to Privacy, Disability and eGovernment (and especially eVoting); and questions of how to promote responsibility and virtuous behaviour in the fields of technology, research and innovation.   

Key research outputs

Mittelstadt, B; Stahl, B & Fairweather, NB 2013 “PHM-Ethics and ETICA: Complementary Approaches to Ethical Assessment” in Schmidt, S & Rienhoff, O (eds) Ethical and Legal Aspects of Personal Health Monitoring IOS Series on Health Technology and Informatics (IOS Press).

Fairweather, N.B. (2011) "Even greener IT: Bringing green theory and “green IT” together, or why concern about greenhouse gasses is only a starting point". Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 9 (2), pp.68 - 82.

Carroll-Mayer, M, Fairweather, B and Stahl, BC 2008 “CCTV Identity Management and Implications for Criminal Justice: some considerations”, in Surveillance and Society 5(1) pp33-50. 

Fairweather, NB & Rogerson, S 2003 “The Problems of Global Cultural Homogenisation in a Technologically Dependant World” in Information, Communication & Ethics in Society 1(1) pp 7-12.

Fairweather, NB & Rogerson, S 2003 “Internet Voting – Well at Least it’s ‘Modern’” in Representation 39(3) pp182-195.

Research interests/expertise

  • Greening IT
  • Codes of Ethics (especially incomplete codes)
  • Surveillance, Privacy, Encryption and Electronic Voting
  • Health Issues in Computing (including RSI)
  • Teleworking
  • Intellectual Property 'Rights'
  • The Mass-Market Software Industry
  • Obsolescence in Computer Systems and Software
  • Effects of the Computing Industry on the Natural Environment
  • Ethics of Robotics/Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
  • Freedom of Speech/Issues of Pornography and Censorship/Anonymity

Areas of teaching

Supervising Research Students, Undergraduate Module - Security Management.


PhD (University of Wales, Cardiff), MA (York), BA(Hons, 1st) (Newcastle).

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Editor, Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society (ICES)
  • Associate Editor, Telematics and Informatics (Elsevier Science)
  • Member of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility

Key articles information

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Current research students

  • Agyei-Bekoe, Eric WF
  • Al-Amri, Jehad Faisal Othman WF
  • Alammar, Saad Hamad FT
  • Alsamaani, Abdulkarim Mohammed FT
  • Healy, Michael Vincent PT
  • Mittelstadt, Brent FT
  • Wahlstrom, Kirsten Ann PT
  • Aleid, Fahad Abdulaziz A WF
  • Clarkson, Mary Elizabeth PT
  • Plotka, Malgorzata PT

Externally funded research grants information

  • 2013-2016 "RESPONSIBLITY - Global Model and Observatory for International Responsible Research and Innovation Coordination" EU FP7 project producing a global-scale Model and Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation.   Grant agreement no.:321489  Collaborators: Fraunhofer, Oxford Univ, Technical Univ Berlin, Univ of Namur, Univ of Siena, Univ of Aegean, Univ of Malaysia Sarawak, Univ of Chile, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Signosis SPRL
  • 2009-2012 “PHM-Ethics” EU FP7 project researching the Social and Ethical implications of Personal Health Monitoring technologies. Grant agreement no.: 230602  Collaborators:Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, Linkoping Univ, Utrecht Univ, Callens Law, Georg-August-University Gottingen,  National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France
  • 2003-2004 “Local E-Government and Social Inclusion” commissioned by UK Government
  • 2001-2002 “The Implementation of Electronic Voting in the UK” jointly commissioned by UK Government, UK Electoral Commission, UK Local Government Association. 

Professional esteem indicators

  • Editor, 2003-present Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society (Emerald)
  • Associate Editor 2001-2011, Telematics and Informatics (Elsevier Science)
  • Associate Editor2010-present International Review of Information Ethics
  • International Advisory Board Member, International Review of Information Ethics ISSN: 1614-1687
  • Honarary Advisory Board Member of iEthics, The Computer Ethics Society
  • International Research Associate, Centre for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University, Tokyo 
  • Member, Nuclear Consulting Group 
  • ETHICOMP International Conferences on the Social and Ethical Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies – Developing conference themes and ensuring quality submissions since ETHICOMP97. These activities continue as a leading member of programme committee, including for ETHICOMP 2013. 
  • Conference Committee: EURAM2012 6-8 June 2012
  • Invited speaker, International Electoral Processes and Administration Conference, Brussels, 14th/15th July, 2010
  • Member, programme committee, Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry international conferences 2003, 2002
  • Invited panel member, international workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, Dresden, 2003.