Over the past months, we called in experts from a wide variety of disciplines to reflect on how we can bring decency to our digital society. We threw down the gauntlet and saw that government institutions, civil society organisations and researchers rose to the challenge. They shared their solutions in seventeen separate blogs, brought together in this publication.
The blog series focused on four questions:
- ‘How can we create an inclusive digital society?’
- 'How can we stay in charge of algorithms?’
- ‘How can we help IT professionals to work ethically?’
- ‘How can we protect children?’
The authors reveal how they uphold public values, such as justice and autonomy, in an increasingly digital world and they encourage politicians, policymakers and IT professionals to do the same.
The insights generated by the series transcend their specific context, however. Those insights can be described in terms of four virtues that can help us deal decently with digital technology:
- personalisation: not everyone wants the same thing;
- modesty: know the limits of digital technology;
- transparency: watch out for an algorithmic ‘black box’; and
- responsibility: dare to take the plunge.
Please cite as:
Hamer, J. and L. Kool (red.) (2018). Decent digitisation - Seventeen experts on an ethical digital society. The Hague: Rathenau Instituut.