On March 14th 2018, the DesignLab of the University of Twente hosted a UNESCO workshop on the Ethics of the Internet of Things. Technologies are increasingly taking on an environmental role. Sensor networks are being integrated in our material environment, while algorithms and artificial intelligence make sense of the generated data, and influence our public and private lives. What will this world of smart homes, smart cities, smart hospitals, and smart schools imply for social interactions, power relations, scientific practices, city life, healthcare, and teaching? How are these technologies different from other types of technologies? How can we evaluate them adequately? And how can they be designed in a value-sensitive way?
The workshop was jointly organised by the UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology (COMEST) and the Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente, as part of the process to prepare a COMEST report on the Ethics of the Internet of Things, and sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social Sciences, and the Board of the University of Twente.
• Paul Havinga (University of Twente: IoT sensor technology)
• Rob van Kranenburg (European Research Cluster on IoT: AI and society)
• Jeroen van den Hoven (TU Delft, EU expert group on the ethics of science and new technologies: the ethics of IoT)
• Nirvana Meratnia (University of Twente: IoT technology in scientific practice)
• Michael Nagenborg (University of Twente: IoT in public space)
• Marie-Helene Parizeau (Laval University, Quebec, ethics of technology & chair COMEST)
• Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente, organiser & member of COMEST).