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| Posted on September 26, 2023

PhD day: theme career

The theme of this year's PhD day will be career. One of the issues many PhDs are currently dealing with is the question what their possibilities are after they have finished their dissertation.For this PhD day we will invite various philosophers who have careers in various branches, both inside and outside academia. These philosophers...

| Posted on September 21, 2023

Communication professional

Communication professional for the multi-university, ten-year international research programme “Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies”, responsible for the external communication of the Esdit programme, and also a role in internal communication. “Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies” (Esdit) is an international research programme of seven academic institutions in the Netherlands. It has a combined budget of...

| Posted on September 26, 2023

Lecturer in Philosophy

Solliciteer nu / Apply now Deadline for application is 23 October 2023 Your job Are you a PhD in Philosophy? Do you want to champion interdisciplinary education? Are you keen on innovating education to integrate philosophical insights into life sciences curriculum? If yes, then we have the perfect opportunity for you! The Philosophy Group...

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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