Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT: or a Thorny Question of Ethics

Marina Jirotka introduces the EPSRC-funded project on Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT.


The context of publicly funded research has changed over the last decade with the recognition of a need for government-funded research to contribute directly to social benefit. This has entailed consideration at an early stage of the eventual use to which fundamental research may be put. EPSRC has funded a project on Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT in order to undertake a base-lining of current opinion with regard to the current ethical and social implications of research within its communities, and to advise on the development of a framework within which such ethical and social implications might be considered

This talk will outline the objectives of this project, the work to date and some early stage emerging issues. We will also consider the notion of RRI in relation to a particular case study in breakout groups during the session.

Marina's Bio

Marina Jirotka is Reader in Requirements Engineering, Director of the Centre for Requirements Engineering, Associate Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre and Associate Researcher of the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research interests have long been concerned with bringing a richer comprehension of socially organised work practice into the process of engineering technological systems with a focus on supporting everyday work and interaction.

Marina Jirotka is Reader in Requirements Engineering in the Computing Department, University of Oxford and Associate Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre. She is currently Deputy Director of ESRCs UK Strategy for Digital Social Research. Marina has led a number of research projects relating to ethical, legal and social issues, including: research on the importance of intellectual property rights in collaborative medical databases (ESRC Copyright Ownership of Medical Data in Collaborative Computing Environments); Ethical, Legal and Institutional Responses to Emerging e-Research Infrastructure, Policies and Practices (ESRC); a consideration of the economic, social, legal and regulatory issues that emerge in the next generation of the internet (EPSRC Opportunities and Challenges in the Digital Economy - an Agenda for the Next-generation Internet); and an investigation into the emergent practices and capabilities of social networking systems, exploring how we can develop understandings of services, exchange and interaction to benefit the UK economy (EPSRC Innovative Media for the Digital Economy (IMDE)). She is most recently leading the EPSRC Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT project. Marina is a Chartered IT Professional of the BCS and sits on the ICT Ethics Specialist Group committee. She has published widely in international journals and conferences in e-Science, HCI, CSCW and Requirements Engineering

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