CBB members Jennifer Boger and Mathieu Doucet design new framework that aims to avoid unintentional consequences of technology

Monday, October 7, 2019

We have an intimate relationship with technology. It is infused in our daily life, from our home and car to our finances and health care. As we welcome new technologies into our most personal spaces, there is a growing recognition that design-based thinking needs to consider ethics and the users it serves.

“Technology developers on average want to do the right thing, but often feel like ethics is someone else’s job,” says Jennifer Boger, director of Waterloo’s Intelligent Technologies for Wellness and Independent Living lab. This is a sentiment she is trying to change with her new manifesto, Ethical by Design.

Boger and her collaborators want to empower creators of technologies and systems to better-consider the ethics of what they are building, at every stage of the development process. The manifesto proposes a set of principles acting as signposts for developers to consider, discuss and support in the technology they are designing.

Mathieu Doucet, a professor in Waterloo’s Department of Philosophy, is one of the researchers working with Boger. 

Full article: [Waterloo Stories]

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