Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility projects


The ETHICOMP conference series was launched in 1995 by the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR). The purpose of this series is to provide an inclusive forum for discussing the ethical and social issues associated with the development and application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Conferences are held  every 18 months taking place in various locations around the world, bringing together delegates and speakers from all continents. Around 800 papers have been presented since its launch in 1995.


The SHERPA project will investigate, analyse and synthesise our understanding of the ways in which smart information systems (SIS; the combination of artificial intelligence and big data analytics) impact ethics and human rights issues. It will develop novel ways of understanding and addressing SIS challenges, evaluate with stakeholders, and advocate the most desirable and sustainable solutions.


Welcome to SHERPA

Responsible Research and Innovation Networking Globally (RRING)

The overall project aim is to bring Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into the linked up global world to promote mutual learning and collaboration in RRI. This will be achieved by the formation of the global RRING community network and by the development and mobilisation of a global Open Access RRI knowledge base. RRING will align RRI to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global common denominator.


In the LIV:IN project, major industry leaders from the ICT sector join forces to co-create more responsible approaches to innovation for the first time. LIV:IN builds on the premise that recognition of the value of RRI among industries is necessary in order to progress further in integrating RRI in industrial contexts.

The project follows an opportunity-oriented approach in order to:

  • Activate industry leaders, experts and citizens to experiment with responsible ways of co-creating innovations
  • Build capacity for RRI implementation and develop tools that are applicable across industry sectors
  • Transform attitudes towards RRI from risk to opportunity

Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project aims to put in place a cutting-edge research infrastructure that will allow scientific and industrial researchers to advance our knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, computing, and brain-related medicine. 

The Ethics and Society programme of this large-scale project promotes Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) over a range of areas including data governance, compliance, dual use and Artificial Intelligence. The programme develops good ethics practices for ethics and RRI, combining research, practice and collaboration with stakeholders within and outside the HBP. You can read mode about this work on Ethics Dialogues blog https://www.ethicsdialogues.eu/  

ORBIT, The Observatory for RRI in ICT 

This Framework is a tool that helps those involved in research and innovation in ICT to do so responsibly. The Framework presented here consists of a set of scaffolding questions that allow researchers, funders and other stakeholders to consider a range of aspects of ICT research. This introduction to the Framework answers the following questions:

  • What is responsible research and innovation (RRI)?
  • Why do we need a Framework specifically for ICT?
  • What does the Framework consist of?
  • How do I use the Framework?
  • Can I get more specific guidance on what I need to do?



GRRIP is working on embedding sustainable Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI practices) in 4 research performing organisations (RPO) and 1 dual-function RPO and research funding organisation (RPO/RFO) (total 5 RPO&RFO) in the marine and maritime sectors to achieve institutional and cultural change. De Montfort University leads the GRRIP Work package 6 (WP6). We design and deliver a self-tailored, individual action plan for each research organisation including institutional and cultural interventions, methods to overcome identified barriers and challenges, and appropriate communication strategies. For more information, please visit the GRRIP website.  https://grrip.eu/  

Responsible Ethical Learning with Robots (REELER)

REELER is a highly interdisciplinary H2020-project involving four European partners from the fields of anthropology, learning, robotics, philosophy, and economy.

With our multidisciplinary profile, we aim to assure collaboration, comprehension and acceptance of SSH research-based knowledge about distributed responsibility, ethical and societal issues relating to robotics.

We aim to produce powerful instruments to foster networking between traditional robotics disciplines and new research fields, like Science and Technology Studies (STS) in order to exploit potentialities of future robotics projects.

 AI Global Governance Group (AI-GGG) 

The Artificial Intelligence Global Governance Group (AI-GGG) conducts comparative research into the ways in which AI and AI-based robots are discussed, developed, applied, and governed around the world. It explores the impact of global differences in wealth, culture, political systems, scientific capacities and regulatory infrastructures. AI-GGG currently conducts a pilot study that involves focus groups in 16 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East as well as Latin America. For more information, please visit: AI Global Governance Group