Responsible Research and Innovation of Blockchain Technology
This module links the ethical evaluation of blockchain technologies with contemporary approaches in applied ethics that focus on responsible research and innovation. It provides an overview of the current state of the art of these approaches and discusses their possible applications in the context of blockchain technologies. Furthermore, it zooms in on approaches used in recent literature that investigate the social and ethical impacts of blockchain technology. After completing this module, participants will have: a basic understanding of contemporary approaches in applied ethics dealing with emerging technologies such as blockchain technologies, an understanding of some contemporary, "state of the art" discussions on the ethical and social impacts of blockchain technologies.
Quinn DuPont studies human and social dimensions of cybersecurity, cryptography, and code. He is currently a postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Information, University of Washington. He has a PhD in Information Science (Toronto), and is an ALA-accredited librarian (Western), with a decade of industry experience as a Senior Information Specialist at IBM, an IT consultant, and a usability and experience designer. His current research focuses on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technologies. He is a member of the Standards Council of Canada, ISO, and IEEE Blockchain committees. His book, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains (Polity), is a scholarly survey of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies in society.
Wessel Reijers studies philosophy and ethics of technology and has a strong interest in the study of financial and governance technologies. He is currently a PhD researcher at the ADAPT Centre, School of Computing, Dublin City University in Ireland. His current research focuses on the integration of ethics in research and innovation activities. One outcome of this research is the Ethics Canvas, which can be used by researchers to discuss ethical impacts of their work. He has published in several academic journals on the topics of hermeneutic philosophy of technology, blockchain technologies, social contract theory, the digital commons and ethics in research and innovation.
Publication Year: 2018