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Monika Buscher, Maria Alejandra Lujan Escalante, Hayley Alter, & Xaroula Kerasidou. (2018). Is-IT-ethical? Responsible Research and Innovation for Disaster Risk Management. In Kees Boersma, & Brian Tomaszeski (Eds.), ISCRAM 2018 Conference Proceedings – 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (pp. 254–267). Rochester, NY (USA): Rochester Institute of Technology.
Abstract: Even though there are approaches for responsible research and innovation and recommendations on how to use IT, there is a lack of standardisation and guidance that integrates the perspectives of researchers, technology developers, end users, and society at large. In this paper we describe is-IT-ethical?, a European knowledge and service hub we are developing for diverse parties involved in crisis and disaster risk management with a commitment to European values and fundamental rights. The overarching rationale of the initiative is to support European societies' need to effectively balance the benefits of IT with values of democracy and fundamental rights, especially privacy and data protection. The initiative builds on more than seven years of research with practitioners, academic, and commercial IT designers. This paper describes our motivations and a prototype.