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Check Your Tech - Considering the Provenance of Data Used to Build Digital Products and Services

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Digital products and services are producing unprecedented amounts of data worldwide. These products and services have broad reach and include many users and consumers in the developing world. Once data is collected it is often used to create large and valuable datasets. A lack of data protection regulation in the developing world has led to concerns about digital colonization and a lack of control of their data on the part of citizens in the developing world. The authors of this paper are developing a new digital ethics curriculum for the instruction of computer science students. In this paper we present two case studies we have developed with a focus on data ethics in a developing world context. Each case study is accompanied by a list of specific questions to be used by the instructor to allow students to evaluate the implications of introducing new digital products and services in a developing world context as well as a generic case studies checksheet that allow deeper reflection on the intended and unintended consequences of introducing new technologies.

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  • Digital ethics
  • Digital colonization
  • Computer science education

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    “Ishmaelia” is a fictional African country created by Evelyn Waugh for his 1938 novel “Scoop”.

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    “Qumran” is a fiction Middle Eastern country created by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn for their 1982 episode of “Yes Minister” entitled “The Moral Dimension”.

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The authors of this paper and the participants of the Ethics4EU project gratefully acknowledge the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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O’Sullivan, D., Gordon, D. (2020). Check Your Tech - Considering the Provenance of Data Used to Build Digital Products and Services. In: Bass, J.M., Wall, P.J. (eds) Information and Communication Technologies for Development. ICT4D 2020. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 587. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65828-1_16

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