Ethics and Information Technology 13 (3):199-226 (2011)

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David Wright
Aston University
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This paper proposes a framework for an ethical impact assessment which can be performed in regard to any policy, service, project or programme involving information technology. The framework is structured on the four principles posited by Beauchamp and Childress together with a separate section on privacy and data protection. The framework identifies key social values and ethical issues, provides some brief explanatory contextual information which is then followed by a set of questions aimed at the technology developer or policy-maker to facilitate consideration of ethical issues, in consultation with stakeholders, which may arise in their undertaking. In addition, the framework includes a set of ethical tools and procedural practices which can be employed as part of the ethical impact assessment. Although the framework has been developed within a European context, it could be applied equally well beyond European borders
Keywords Ethical impact assessment  Ethical issues  Ethical tools  Respect for autonomy  Nonmaleficence  Beneficence  Justice
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DOI 10.1007/s10676-010-9242-6
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