VIRT-EU Toolkit

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The Ethical Stack is a series of tools to support creators of new connected technology to reflect on their product’s ethical and social impacts. The Ethical Stack was conceived and designed by the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) as part of VIRT-EU.

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VIRT-EU’S paper tools are offline resources designed to ask difficult questions and push at assumptions or forgotten uncertainties. Each of the tools was made through extensive research, co-creation and design process led by CIID Research with close collaboration with the IT University of Copenhagen, London School of Economics and the Open Rights Group as part of  VIRT-EU.

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PESIA is a questionnaire that helps developers and designers assess their privacy, ethical, and social impacts. PESIA was created by Politecnico di Torino as part of VIRT-EU.

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Interactive Workshops

Our workshop materials are designed to convene conversations about ethics and to help audiences work through decision-making focusing on ethics as a process.

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Relevant IoT Regulation and Standards to Build IoT

In the realm of privacy and Internet of Things (IoT) development, we had identified compliance as a baseline on which to build extra features. When we looked at ethics more widely, we found out that designers and developers are required to comply with additional regulation that touched on diverse areas such as safety or sustainability. As such, in 2017 the VIRT-EU project surveyed a wider regulatory framework around IoT, documenting relevant standards and regulations in the European context.

This report presents a map for IoT designers and developers to understand compliance issues and/or the various standards and guidance currently available. Please note that this is a relatively fast-moving field and new standards are coming online quite frequently. This survey was completed in the fall of 2017 by Javier Ruiz, VIRT-EU’S Principal Investigator from the Open Rights Group. As such, please use this document as a basis for further research into this area.

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PESIA is a questionnaire that helps developers and designers assess their privacy, ethical, and social impacts.

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Although data ethics is hugely important, focusing on data only might limit the kind of questions we ask.

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This essay is part of the The State of Responsible IoT 2019 report edited by Andrea Krajewski and Max Krüger and produced by ThingsCon.

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