Digital Ethics: Its Nature and Scope

Part of the Digital Ethics Lab Yearbook book series (DELY)


The digital revolution provides huge opportunities to improve private and public life, and our environments, from health care to smart cities and global warming. Unfortunately, such opportunities come with significant ethical challenges. In particular, the extensive use of increasingly more data—often personal, if not sensitive (Big Data)—the growing reliance on algorithms to analyse them in order to shape choices and to make decisions (including machine learning, AI, and robotics), and the gradual reduction of human involvement or oversight over many automatic processes, pose pressing questions about fairness, responsibility, and respect of human rights.


Macro ethics Levels of abstraction Data infrastructures Cyber conflicts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oxford Internet Institute, Digital Ethics LabUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.The Alan Turing InstituteLondonUK

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