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Technology Assessment of Dual-Use ICTs

How to Assess Diffusion, Governance and Design

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Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are important to human, national, and even international security. IT research, artifacts, and knowledge that can be applied in military and civilian contexts, used as part of weapon systems, or cause significant harm are referred to as dual-use. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, cybersecurity, and open source intelligence (OSINT) raise questions about their dual-use risks. But how can dual-use of such disparate technologies be assessed? Case studies are still lacking on how to assess dual-use ICT and how to enable sensitive and responsible dual-use design. To address the research gap, this cumulative dissertation uses Technology Assessment (TA) as an epistemological framework to bring together approaches of Critical Security Studies (CSS) as well as Value Sensitive Design (VSD) from the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). As a result, the dissertation systematizes the dual-use risks and scenarios of the selected ICTs and derives organizational and design implications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Offenbach, Germany

    Thea Riebe

About the author

About the author:
Thea Riebe is a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC) in the Department of Computer Science at the TU Darmstadt. She did her interdisciplinary PhD on technology assessment of dual-use technologies in computer science, combining approaches from critical security research, and human-computer interaction.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Technology Assessment of Dual-Use ICTs

  • Book Subtitle: How to Assess Diffusion, Governance and Design

  • Authors: Thea Riebe

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  • Publisher: Springer Vieweg Wiesbaden

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science and Engineering (German Language)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-658-41666-9Published: 01 July 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-658-41667-6Published: 30 June 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXV, 310

  • Number of Illustrations: 36 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Logic in AI

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