Ethics and Responsibility in Technology-for-Good: A Human-Centered Approach
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE)
Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).
- Context matters
- Treat users as customers, not recipients of charity
- When it comes to data, rights, and privacy, first do no harm
- Community and partnership are paramount
In a world where the benefits of technology are still often limited to reaching the richest 1% or 5% of society, we are trilled to see a growing movement of engineers motivated to help humanity. As technologists with a focus on creating social good, we need to keep in mind principles of safety and ethics. While the context and the users may vary in each case, the principles of human-centered design and treating others as we would like to be treated remain the same. If we can keep these principles in mind, we can turn good ideas into proven solutions with lasting impact.