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| Posted on January 11, 2023

4TU.Ethics member Philip Brey winner Weizenbaum Award

4TU.Ethics member Philip Brey of the University of Twente is the winner of the 2022 Weizenbaum Award. The Weizenbaum award is an award for excellence in computer ethics. It has been awarded by the three members of the Weizenbaum Award Committee, which are Maria Bottis, Director of the International Society for Ethics and Information...

| Posted on January 11, 2023

Presenting 4TU.Ethics PhD council 2023

The 4TU.Ethics has a new PhD council to represent the 4TU.Ethics PhD members. The members of the council change each year. We thank Alessio Gerola, Céline Budding, Cindy Friedman, and Nynke van Uffelen for their efforts as PhD council 2022. The PhD council of 2023 consists of Anna van Oosterzee, Bouke van Balen, Karen...

| Posted on January 13, 2023

Vincent Blok appointed as personal professor

The Executive Board of the Wageningen University has appointed Prof Dr Vincent Blok MBA as professor holding a personal chair in Philosophy in the Social Sciences Group. The appointment is effective from 1 January 2023. In his research Blok looks at how disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) are changing our understanding of...

Statement 4TU.Ethics against use of technology for violence

The 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology is distraught by the brutal violence against innocent people in Iran, Ukraine, and many other places in the world. In our mission we state that we envision  “..a world in which technology is developed and used for benefit of humanity and the preservation of our planet. It is a world in which ethical considerations concerning human rights, well-being, global and inter-generational justice, the social good are systematically included in practices of technology and engineering.”

This is an ideal vision indeed. Throughout human history, technology has been applied to suppress and to attack innocent people, either in warfare or by violent regimes towards their own people. Notwithstanding this repeating history, we are always shocked again, for example now in the ways how the Iranian regime is suppressing Iranian citizens by means of digital technologies (including tracking protesters with spyware on their mobile phones and using facial recognition technologies to identify protesters) and in the drone attacks by the Russian army on Ukrainian technological infrastructures, necessary for all citizens to survive. We cannot but reject such violence. Human rights should be served by technological developments, not violated. We call on all governments and engineers to resist such use of technology.

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