Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies: A Survey

The Infoethics Survey of Emerging Technologies prepared by the NGO Geneva Net Dialogue at the request of UNESCO aims at providing an outlook to the ethical implications of future communication and information technologies.

The report further aims at alerting UNESCO’s Member States and partners to the increasing power and presence of emerging technologies and draws attention to their potential to affect the exercise of basic human rights.

Perhaps as its most salient deduction, the study signals that these days all decision makers, developers, the corporate scholar and users are entrusted with a profound responsibility with respect to technological developments and their impact on the future orientation of knowledge societies.

UNESCO hopes that this study will impress upon the policy makers, community, producers and users the need to carefully observe evolutions in ICT – and, by so doing, to comprehend the ethical and moral consequences of technological choices on human rights in the knowledge societies.

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  • Bibliographic reference
  • Collation: 89 p.
  • Author(s): Rundle, Mary; Conley, Chris
  • Publication year: 2007
  • Document code: CI.2007/WS/2
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