Constructing a Mutually Supportive Interface between Ethics and Regulation

Computer Law & Security Review

24 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2019 Last revised: 5 Dec 2020

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Ben Wagner

Delft University of Technology - Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management; INHOLLAND University

Sylvie Delacroix

King's College London; The Alan Turing Institute

Date Written: July 2, 2020

Abstract

When the word 'ethical' becomes synonymous with specious, you know that something is amiss. With each data governance scandal, with each creation of a corporate 'ethics board', 'ethical standards' seemingly lose a few more feathers, to the point of generating instant suspicion when invoked in any official report. We argue that a key challenge in this regard is to more precisely define the ethics-regulation interface. In order to do this, we first provide an overview of recent endeavours to develop ethical frameworks around technology. We then look at a successful process of refinement of the ethics-regulation interface: the case of healthcare ethics in the UK. The third section develops an account of what a more robust ethics-regulation interface could look like, which would support a process of cross-fertilisation between the political, ethical and legal approaches. Finally, the fourth and last section critically examines a ‘live’ implementation of such ethics-regulation interface, as put forward in Quebec’s ‘Bill 29’.

Keywords: ai ethics, artificial intelligence, human rights, medical ethics, technology policy, regulation and governance, governing ai, ethics washing

Suggested Citation

Wagner, Ben and Delacroix, Sylvie, Constructing a Mutually Supportive Interface between Ethics and Regulation (July 2, 2020). Computer Law & Security Review, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3404179 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3404179

Ben Wagner (Contact Author)

Delft University of Technology - Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management ( email )

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INHOLLAND University ( email )

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Sylvie Delacroix

King's College London ( email )

London
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://delacroix.uk

The Alan Turing Institute ( email )

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London, NW1 2DB
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