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Research Ethics Guidelines for the Engineering Sciences and Computer and Information Sciences

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This chapter presents, discusses and defends research ethics guidelines for the engineering sciences and computer and information sciences. Only very recently has there been an effort to establish research ethics frameworks and ethics committees for these two fields. Arguments are presented concerning these developments, and a specific proposal is made for ethics guidelines for the engineering sciences and the computer and information sciences. It is argued that although there are shared issues and principles for research ethics across scientific fields, all scientific fields raise unique ethical issues that require special ethical principles and guidelines. Following this discussion, the historical development of professional ethics and research ethics in the engineering science and the computer and information sciences is discussed, and special guidelines for these fields are presented that were developed as part of a CEN (European Committee for Standardization) standard for research ethics within the European Commission-funded SATORI project on research ethics and ethics assessment.

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    SATORI (Stakeholders Acting Together on the Ethical Impact Assessment of Research and Innovation) received funding from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 612231. It ran from 2014 to 2017. The website, with all project deliverables, can be found at http://satoriproject.eu/

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    In our report, we refer to this as “protection and management of data and dissemination of research results”.

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    This is the principle that uncertainty about the risks involved in developing a new technology should not be used to justify inaction in addressing them.

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    See Brey and Jansen (2015) for more information on the current state of affairs of engineering ethics and engineering research ethics.

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    See Koepsell et al. (2014), who, however, focus on human research ethics at technical universities.

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Brey, P. (2022). Research Ethics Guidelines for the Engineering Sciences and Computer and Information Sciences. In: Laas, K., Davis, M., Hildt, E. (eds) Codes of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines. The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology, vol 23. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86201-5_2

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