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The Contestation of Tech Ethics: A Sociotechnical Approach to Technology Ethics in Practice

The Contestation of Tech Ethics: A Sociotechnical Approach to Technology Ethics in Practice

This article introduces the special issue “Technology Ethics in Action: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives”. In response to recent controversies about the harms of digital technology, discourses and practices of “tech ethics” have proliferated across the tech industry, academia, civil society, and government. Yet despite the seeming promise of ethics, tech ethics in practice suffers from several significant limitations: tech ethics is vague and toothless, has a myopic focus on individual engineers and technology design, and is subsumed into corporate logics and incentives. These limitations suggest that tech ethics enables corporate “ethics-washing”: embracing the language of ethics to defuse criticism and resist government regulation, without committing to ethical behavior. Given these dynamics, I describe tech ethics as a terrain of contestation where the central debate is not whether ethics is desirable, but what “ethics” entails and who gets to define it. Current approaches to tech ethics are poised to enable technologists and technology companies to label themselves as “ethical” without substantively altering their practices. Thus, those striving for structural improvements in digital technologies must be mindful of the gap between ethics as a mode of normative inquiry and ethics as a practical endeavor. In order to better evaluate the opportunities and limits of tech ethics, I propose a sociotechnical approach that analyzes tech ethics in light of who defines it and what impacts it generates in practice.

Quaternary sector and mindset in management - TDH - Dario Tatangelo

Quaternary sector and mindset in management

Quaternary sector and mindset in management.
If we think about business, we are thinking about a human institution. This concept is the essential when we try to analyse the management model. Companies are made by people. We don’t care the size.

everything is changing day by day. Something changed after the 3th industrial revolution o Digital Revolution in 90s. We are still living the consequences in our life, the digital transformation is keeping on the 4th industrial revolution.

A New Framework for Job and Education

A New Framework for Job and Education

The fear of breaking balances leads to more complex paths. Human body must be in balance, the ecosystem that hosts us must be in balance with people. The planet, in fact, cannot change, people must and can. We must not break the balance, we just have to manage those that have excessive forcing in order to be replaced by others, without punishing or penalising anyone. On the contrary, we reward the merit, it will be the strongest trigger for those who have deliberately excluded themselves.

Just another call to arms for the Humanities

A new call to arms for Humanities in the 21st century

Humanities allow us to place the complexity, contradictions, and changes that take place within us and around us instead of arguing with ourselves when someone or something confronts us with our limits or those of a value production model.

When socioeconomic indicators fall into the ranks, the humanities are placed back in the drawer, sacrificing them for a new model that generates profit from mass production.

History repeats itself and at this moment we are asking for help from the humanities, in a decade or two we will forget and then remember again when the next global imbalance will occur.

Year 2022, welcome to the era of digital humanism.


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