See no evil: ethics in an interventionist ICTD

DEARDEN, Andy (2013). See no evil: ethics in an interventionist ICTD. Information technologies and international development, 9 (2), 1-17.

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This article considers some of the ethical questions that arise in conducting interventionist ICTD research, and it examines the ethical advice and guidance that are readily available to researchers. Recent years have seen a growing interest from technology researchers in applying their skills to address the needs and aspirations of people in developing regions. In contrast to much previous research in information and communication technologies for development (ICTD) that has sought to study and understand processes surrounding technologies, technology researchers are interested in finding ways to shape technologies to promote desirable social aims. These interventionist research encounters raise distinct ethical challenges. This article explores the discussions that have been presented in the major ICTD literature and major development studies journals and examines codes of conduct and ethical debates in related fields of research. Exploration of this literature shows that the quantity, quality, and detail of advice that directly addresses the issues arising in interventionist ICTD is limited. This article argues that there is an urgent need for the ICTD research community to investigate and debate this subject.

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Note: This is a special issue of the journal selecting best papers from ICTD 2012. This is a significantly revised and updated version of the paper presented at the conference:

DEARDEN, Andy (2012) 'See no evil?: ethics in an interventionist ICTD' ICTD '12 Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. Pages 46-55. ACM New York, NY, USA.

ISBN: 9781450310451

DOI: 10.1145/2160673.2160680

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
Page Range: 1-17
Depositing User: Andrew Dearden
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2013 09:34
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:32

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