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THE DSI COMMUNITY ETHICS

The use of novel digital technologies poses a broad range of ethical challenges and questions. DSI Ethics Community explores the ethical aspects of digitalization in terms of the following dimensions: normative, empirical and constructive.

The DSI Ethics Community organizes workshops and other meetings for regular exchange and promotion of interdisciplinary research along the normative, empirical and constructive lines. It also supports the DSI as a whole by providing ethical expertise for other research groups and for outreach activities.

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Normative dimension:

Normative dimension:

Critically explore ethical questions and implications that the use of digital technologies poses.
Empirical dimension:

Empirical dimension:

Investigate how digital technologies influence people's moral competences and ethical beliefs.
Constructive dimension:

Constructive dimension:

Develop ethically sound digital technologies and the respective guidelines.

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THE DIGITAL SOCIETY INITIATIVE

What questions about digitization are on your mind? And how has your life changed with the digital transformation? Digitization is presenting society and science with new challenges. It is taking hold of a large part of our lives at an ever faster pace.

The Digital Society Initiative (DSI) was founded at the University of Zurich in 2016. The DSI supports scientists in their research and teaching on the digital transformation and is the competence center of the University of Zurich, where the impact of digitization is researched and bundled across all disciplines.
The Digital Society Initiative also aims to engage in dialogue with a broad public. The DSI at the University of Zurich wants to critically reflect on the digital transformation and look at it from different angles. This is not about technological novelties, but much more about ethical, legal, social and economic aspects that need to be discussed. It is about people and their role in our digitalized world.

Community Activities

The core structure of the DSI Ethics Community is the DSI Digital Ethics Lab (DSI-DEL). The DSI-DEL consists of researchers that work on interdisciplinary projects with a strong focus on ethical questions of digital transformation, whereas (third party) project funding emerged from collaboration in the community. Members of the Digital Ethics Lab are involved in several projects within the National Research Programme (NRP) 75 that explicitly deal with ethical, legal and societal issues that novel technologies and innovations raise.

Furthermore, the Digital Ethic Lab organizes regular Lab Meetings as a learning experience to support interdisciplinary, innovative ethics research. In the lab meetings, researchers present their actual research both to the community as well as to other members of the DSI network. The Digital Ethics Lab Meetings have been integrated as a course module in the DSI PhD Excellence Program.

The online reading group“Interdisciplinary Ethics of Algorithms” is another regular activity in the DSI Ethics Community. The aim of the reading group is to discuss ethical issues in algorithmic decision-making examined from various methodological approaches (philosophy, social sciences, political theory, economics, statistics, and machine learning) and with an initial focus on fairness and non-discrimination, human control, and trust in AI.

The DSI Ethics Community regularly organizes workshops and conferences within and beyond the community. For example, the 2020 conference has been dedicated to the topic of “Trust in Autonomous Machines”.

Discover some of our Projects

In order to understand the ethical aspects of digitization, our members carry out various projects.

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Membership in the DSI Community Ethics is open to researchers affiliated with a Swiss university. For other individuals, membership is conditional on an ongoing cooperation with the DSI Community. To become a member of a DSI Community, membership in the DSI Network is required. Please follow this link.

DSI Digital Ethics Lab

The core structure of the DSI Ethics Community is the DSI Digital Ethics Lab (DSI-DEL). The DSI-DEL consists of researchers that work on interdisciplinary projects with a strong focus on ethical questions of digital transformation, whereas (third party) project funding emerged from collaboration in the community.