4TU.Ethics @ CPDP2017 – Videos online

The video recording of the 4TU.Ethics panel at “Computer, Data Protection, and Privacy” conference is online:

The panel of the EDPS’s Ethics Advisory Group on “Ethics in the Digital Era” (featuring Jeroen Van den Hoven) is also online:

Finally, check out the recording of the “Surveillance and Privacy in Smart Cities” panel, which includes a talk and discussion with Michael Nagenborg:

Call for Papers: First Workshop on Ethics in Natural Language Processing

To be held at EACL 2017 in Valencia on April 3 or 4, 2017


Submission deadline: Jan 16, 2017


NLP is a rapidly maturing field. NLP technologies now play a role in business applications and decision processes that affect billions of people on a daily basis. However, increasing amounts of data and computational power also mean increased responsibility and new questions for researchers and practitioners. For example, are we inadvertently building unfair biases into our data sets and models? What information is it ethical to infer from user data? How can we prioritize accountability and transparency? What are the big picture ethical consequences and implications of our work?

This one-day, interdisciplinary workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners in NLP with researchers in the humanities, social sciences, public policy, and law to identify and discuss some of the most pressing issues surrounding ethics in NLP. The focus will be on ethics as it relates to the practice of NLP—i.e., actual uses of NLP technologies—not on general aspects of academic ethics (e.g., conflicts of interest, double blind reviewing, etc.), unless they can be addressed with NLP technologies.

The workshop will consist of:
– invited talks,
– contributed talks and posters
– panel discussions

Topics of Interest:
We invite submissions by researchers and practitioners in NLP as well as the humanities, social sciences, public policy, and law on any area of NLP related to:

· Bias in NLP models (e.g., reporting bias, implicit bias).
· Exclusion and inclusion (e.g., exclusion of certain groups or beliefs, how/when to include stakeholders and representatives for the user population to be served).
· Overgeneralization (e.g., making false classifications on tasks including authorship attribution, NER, knowledge base population).
· Exposure (e.g., underrepresentation/overrepresentation of languages or groups).
· Dual use (e.g., the positive and negative aspects of NLP applications, the close relationship between government and industry interests and NLP research).
· Privacy protection (e.g., anonymization of biomedical documents, best practices for researchers in industry to ensure the privacy of their users’ data, educating the public about how much industry and government may know about them, privacy protection for data annotated with non-linguistic features such as emotion).
· Any other topic which concerns ethical considerations in NLP.

Paper submission:
Submissions have to be made electronically via the START submission system:https://www.softconf.com/eacl2017/EthNLP/. Submissions should be in PDF format and anonymized for review.

All submissions must be written in English and follow the EACL 2017 formatting requirements (available on the EACL 2017 website:http://eacl2017.org/index.php/calls/call-for-papers). We strongly advise the use of the LaTeX template files provided by EACL 2017: http://eacl2017.org/index.php/calls/call-for-papers.
· Each long paper submission must consist of up to eight pages of content, plus two pages for references. Accepted long papers will be given one additional page (i.e., up to nine pages) for content, with unlimited pages for references.
· Each short paper submission must consist of up to four pages of content, plus two pages for references. Accepted short papers will also be given one additional page (i.e., up to five pages) of content, with unlimited pages for references.

All submissions will be peer reviewed, but authors can opt for non-archival submission, since some journals won’t accept work that has been published previously.

Organizing committee:

Dirk Hovy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Margaret Mitchell, Google Research, USA
Shannon Spruit, Technical University Delft, The Netherlands
Michael Strube, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies gGmbH, Germany
Hanna Wallach, Microsoft Research, USA

Workshop at the 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology, Delft on “Health, technology, and moralization: How are technologies influencing the moralization of health?”

Health, technology, and moralization: How are technologies influencing the moralization of health?

 Date: 2.-3.12. 2016, Delft 

The moralization of health occurs when behaviors and decisions that were previously treated as matters of preference or luck come to be subject to moral evaluation, responsibility, and blame. Moralization can also occur when a new domain of health decision-making emerges with significant moral dimensions. Technology often plays an important role in moralization by providing patients and society with new levels of knowledge and control. For instance, new imaging technologies and genetic tests for prenatal screening supply previously unavailable information to parents, introducing new contexts of morally-freighted decisions. “Lifestyle” and tracking technologies give users a wealth of data about health metrics that can transform choices about diet, exercise, sleep, etc. into moral decisions. Related phenomena include ‘responsibilization’ and its reverse: assigning responsibility for health (and other outcomes) to individuals, reducing attribution of responsibility for decisions and behaviors, or changing the sorts of decisions one is expected to make. This intensive workshop will provide significant opportunities for interaction between participants. Invited speakers include Tamar Sharon (Maastricht), Kalle Grill (Umeå), Rebecca Brown (Aberdeen), Marcel Verweij (Wageningen) and Paula Boddington (Oxford).

The workshop will consider questions such as the following:

  • Which health-related behaviors and decisions are becoming moralized, and what role(s) are technologies playing in this process? In what areas of health and in which situations are technologies un-moralizing health decisions, e.g. by freeing people from the need to make decisions that were previously treated as moral, or by transforming our perception of conditions previously treated as character flaws?
  • How does moralization relate to responsibilization? Are there ways of moralizing that go beyond or move away from attributing responsibility to individuals?
  • What is the relationship between medicalization and moralization—how does seeing something primarily as a matter of health and disease invite or hinder moralization?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of moralization in different health domains? What effects is this likely to have on the way we conceive of individual and social responsibility, blame, autonomy, justice, and on views of the good life in both the public and the private sphere?

There are a few spots available for attendees. Please register with Dr. Saskia Nagel s.k.nagel@utwente.nl

Memory & Memorialization: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Memory & Memorialization:  An Interdisciplinary Workshop
In collaboration with the 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology
Thursday, November 17, 2016
12:30 pm
TU Delft, Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management
Boardroom (A1.370)
Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX Delft
  • Anna Gotlib (Philosophy, Brooklyn College, USA):  “Longing and Remembering:  Immigrant Nostalgia as Attunement to Loss”
  • Darryl Cressman (Philosophy & Media Theory, Maastricht U):  “Sound, Space, and Listening”
  • Ciano Aydin (Philosophy, TU Delft & U Twente):  “How to Forget the Unforgettable?:  Collective Trauma, Cultural Identity and Mnemotechnologies”
  • Carola Hein (Architecture, TU Delft):  “Hiroshima: The Atomic Bomb and Kenzo Tange’s Hiroshima Peace Center”

If you have any questions please contact Veronica Alfano

OZSW: Bootcamp Women in Philosophy

The PhD Council of the OZSW, in collaboration with SWIP.NL (Society of Women in Philosophy) and the SMO (Stichting Maatschappij en Onderneming), organizes a Bootcamp Women in Philosophy!

When? Friday 24 June 10.00-18.00

Where? Rotterdam Science Tower, Marconiplein 16, 11th floor 

For whom? Women (and men) working in the field of academic philosophy, from PhD to Professor



It is well known that women are still underrepresented in the field of academic philosophy. We not only aim to reflect on the causes of this situation, but also to take the first practical steps in order to make a difference. How to increase the visibility of women? How to make sure their stories are heard? What can we do to make most of the talents they have? This day hopes to give all women in philosophy the boost they need, and to inspire men to approach this issue in a helpful way! 


Progam (provisional):

10.00-12.00: opening, welcome. Lecture by Annemie Halsema and panel discussion: how to understand the current situation and what steps must be taken to make an institutional change?

12.00-13.00: lunch

13.00-15.00: workshop: Creating Career Opportunities: how to make the most of the talents and skills you have?  

15.00-15.30: break

15.30-17.30: Pitching you & your work! 

17.30-18.00: reflection on the day with drinks


Costs: 30 euros for PhD’s; 40 euros for Post-docs and (Assistant) Professors.


For registration and the program, see here.

For PhD Students: CRISP Doctoral School in Surveillance Studies



The Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP) of the University of Edinburgh hosts a doctoral training school on surveillance studies in June 2016. The five day course-programme will consist of intensive multi-disciplinary training in skills and research methods of the field of surveillance studies. Led by professors Kristie Ball, William Webster and Charles Raab the program will consist of a range of interactive workshops and lectures facilitated by leading scholars of the field.

LOCATION: University of Edinburgh

DATE: 20-24 June 2016


  • Professor Kristie Ball (Open University Business School)
  • Professor William Webster (Stirling Management School)
  • Professor Charles Raab (University of Edinburgh)

PROGRAM: The preliminary program content can be found here.

The registration deadline: 25 March 2016 

The fee for participation is £250. This covers tuition fees, a field trip, refreshments, lunches and some evening meals.

For registration you are kindly requested to fill in the registration form. 

For the complete announcement: CRISP announcement.pdf

Robotics workshop in Paris

On Friday Oct 30, Aimee van Wynsberghe, Filippo Santoni De Sio, and Maartje de Graaf (from our Robotics Task Force) organized a 3TU sponsored workshop entitled “Bridging the gap between HRI and robot ethics research” in conjunction with the International Conference on Social Robotics in Paris, France. The format of the workshop was to bring together a panel of leading robot ethics scholars with robotics researchers struggling with ethical issues in their own work. The event was quite successful in encouraging meaningful and collaborative thinking between the disciplines. The organizers are currently pursuing to compile and edit a special issue based on selected workshop contributions. For more info on the workshop click here.

For pictures of workshop click these two links: Pic 1 & Pic 2

Workshop Ethics and Governance of Energy Technologies

Ethics and Governance of Energy Technologies:
The role of consumers, citizens and policy-makers in future sustainable energy systems


3TU.Ethics – Taksforce Energy and Sustainability  & ECIS (Eindhoven School of Innovation Sciences)

Organization Committee:  Andreas Spahn (Tu/e), Auke Pols (Tu/e), Johanna Höffken (Tu/e); Philip Brey (Twente), Behnam Taebi (Delft)


Where and When:

Eindhoven University of Technology, January 15/16. 2015


Keynote speakers:

  • Celine Kermisch (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium)
  • Thomas Pfister (Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany)
  • M.V. Ramana (Princeton University, Princeton, US)
  • Martijntje Smits (Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Anders Melin (Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden)



The world’s energy provision and consumption are perhaps among the greatest challenges our generation is facing. Our modern economies are currently running on fossil fuel resources, which are both problematic from the resource durability point of view and for the irreversible impact the greenhouse gas emissions have on the climate. We need to rapidly move towards more sustainable energy production and consumption. In order to achieve a sustainable lifestyle, interdisciplinary decisions with regard to energy provision and energy-consumption need to be made. This workshop focuses on the societal, ethical and political issues of such solutions and aims at bringing together researchers from philosophy, engineering sciences, and social sciences.

New energy technologies and the policies that should accommodate them raise a wealth of ethical and societal issues. Amongst other things, there are questions relating to a fair and effective governance of energy transition, just distribution of burden and benefits, public concerns and acceptance of various energy technologies, the risks and uncertainties associated with different technical options, the appropriate criteria for assessing various technologies and policies and the questions of individual versus collective responsibilities.

The international workshop will bring together scholars in ethics, energy and sustainability science, philosophy, environmental science and any other engineering field that is of relevance for tackling the major societal energy related challenges. The focus on the workshop will be on the role of ethical aspect of energy technologies and the transition towards sustainable energy production and consumption. Which energy technologies are sustainable and how can we steer the future production and consumption of energy towards sustainability?

The topics of the presentations will include:

(1) Responsible Development of Energy technologies

  • Nuclear energy, safety, sustainability and intergenerational justice
  • Biofuels: ethical aspects, social dilemmas and trust in innovation
  • Prospects of renewable energy technology
  • Energy technologies and the good life
  • Responsible innovation in energy technologies
  • (Alleviating) energy poverty and global justice
  • Energy Cultures: the role of institutions, users, citizens and stakeholders
  • Taking sustainability, user well-being and lifestyle into account in design

(2) Responsible Governance of Energy production

  • involvement of citizens and citizen groups in sustainable technology and energy
  • the role of ethics in the development of sustainable technology and energy
  • The role of stakeholders and their involvement
  • The role of financial institutions in the energy transition and fossil fuel divestments.
  • Social Responsible Innovation of Energy Technologies

(3)  Responsible Energy consumption

  • Sustainable (energy and technology) consumption and how to attain it
  • Steering energy-consumption: liberal principles, persuasive technologies, nudges and autonomy
  • Promoting values and lifestyles for sustainability
  • How to balance or achieve intra- en intergenerational justice in energy ethics?
  • The role of individual and collective responsibility in climate change

Program & Map

Please click here for the program and here for a map.


Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory. You can register by sending an email to the organisation at A.J.K.Pols@tue.nl. Please register no later than Monday 14 December. 3TU.Ethics can reimburse the costs for an overnight stay in Eindhoven for its members: if you wish to make use of this option, please let the organisation know and we will book a hotel for you. Please also let us know if you have any dietary requirements (vegetarian, allergies, etc.)

Workshop Human-Technology Relations in Ethics, Design and Science

​3-Day Workshop Human-Technology Relations in
Ethics, Design and Science:
Mediation theory and Philosophy of Technology

14-15-16th December 2015
DesignLab – Ideation Space, Building the Gallery


The philosophy department of the University of Twente invites PhD students and ambitious master-students to join a 3-day winter school in philosophy of technology, focusing on the technological mediation of morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. The event will take place in the DesignLab (Twente University) on 14-15-16th December 2015 and is hosted by Prof Peter-Paul Verbeek. We are happy to announce Robert Rosenberger (Georgia Institute of Technology) as our keynote speaker.

The purpose of the workshop is to get PhD students and ambitious master-students acquainted with the philosophy of human-technology relations. We will especially focus on the ethical, epistemological and metaphysical issues related to the emergence and design of new technologies. Philosophers with interest in the impact of technology on their field of study as well as scientists/engineers who want to know more about the philosophical consequences of the technologies they develop are invited to join.

We will focus on the concept of mediation, thereby addressing how technology mediates our notions of morality, knowledge and transcendence. Examples of specific questions that will be reflected upon are: How do new technologies such as Google Glass mediate our notion of privacy? (Morality) How do imaging technologies mediate our knowledge of the brain? (Epistemology) How do medical technologies mediate the existential relation we have with our body? (Metaphysics)

Admission Documents

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A short statement that relates your own work to technological mediation

Number of ECTS credits

A TGS Certificate (2 EC) will be handed over to those who attended 3 days.

Course Fee

This workshop is free of charge for TGS and 3TU PhD’s (including lunch and dinner). For other students the costs will be 75 €.


Please arrange it yourself. You can contact the Conference Hotel The Drienerburght that is situated on the campus (www.drienerburght.nl/). It is 70 € for a night including breakfast. Please mention TGS as contact.


Please register before November 30, 2015 at:

https://www.utwente.nl/en/education/post-graduate/tgs/courses-and workshops/philosophy-of-science-workshop/

The number of seats is limited, so first come first served!