Ethical Dimensions of User Centric Regulation

CEPE/ETHICOMP 2017, Values in Emerging Science and Technology, University of Turin, Italy June 5-8

15 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2017 Last revised: 12 Feb 2017

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Lachlan Urquhart

University of Edinburgh - School of Law; Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute

Date Written: February 2, 2017

Abstract

In this paper, we question the ethical role of information technology (IT) designers in IT regulation. We situate how designers can respond to their ethical and legal duties to end users. We focus on how they mediate user activities through IT design and their wider responsibilities to act in an ethical manner as points for reflection. We illustrate our arguments through the emerging technological setting of smart cities. We use our concept of user centric regulation (UCR) to frame our ethical analysis of what a closer alignment of IT design and regulation could mean. Our concept asserts that human computer interaction (HCI) designers are now regulators and as designers are not traditionally involved in the practice of regulation, meaning their role is ill-defined. Designers need support in understanding what their new role entails, particularly managing ethical dimensions that go beyond law and compliance. Our conceptual analysis assists in this regard by consolidating perspectives from across Human Computer Interaction, Information Technology Law and Regulation, Computer Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, and beyond.

Keywords: smart cities; digital ethics; responsible innovation; value sensitive design; user centric regulation; technology regulation; internet of things

Suggested Citation

Urquhart, Lachlan, Ethical Dimensions of User Centric Regulation (February 2, 2017). CEPE/ETHICOMP 2017, Values in Emerging Science and Technology, University of Turin, Italy June 5-8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2910323 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2910323

Lachlan Urquhart (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute ( email )

University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Triumph Road
Nottingham, NG7 2TU
United Kingdom

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