Digital shifts and sustainability
3 April 2021, 14:00 – 15:00
The shift to digital services is often presented as a sustainable option that increases access while reducing carbon footprint. However, there is widespread evidence that digital infrastructures have considerable environmental impacts. Taking the start from an overview of available evidence of the environmental impacts of digital infrastructures, this seminar will explore emerging social and ethical challenges in the run towards sustainable digital technologies. In describing current distribution of responsibilities, gaps in the system and stakeholders’ view on the matter, the seminar will critically discuss the intertwining of individual, institutional and corporate responsibility and the different values at stake.
Federica Lucivero is a Senior Researcher in Ethics and Data at the Ethox Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities (Big Data Institute, University of Oxford). She has trained in philosophy and qualitative research methods and her expertise spans across different areas and disciplines: ethics and social studies of science and technology, bioethics, governance of innovation, philosophy of science and technology. Her research focuses on the ethical aspects of the increasing introduction of IT(online portals, wearable sensors, mobile apps) in care pathways, individual health practices, and biomedical research. More recently, she has been writing on the environmental sustainability of Big Data initiatives. She has been a researcher in several European projects (Ethicsbots, FI-STAR, Robolaw). Currently, she is involved in the RADAR-AD project that explores the potential of mobile and digital technologies to improve the assessment of Alzheimer’s Disease (https://www.radar-ad.org/). She is also in the ethics advisory board of research projects and start-ups that are developing digital applications for health and wellbeing (see for example, The Medic App and http://www.mathisis-project.eu). Federica has publications in several major journals in the field of ethics of innovation (including Science and Engineering Ethics, Nanoethics, Big Data and Society, American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, AI and Society, and Law Innovation and Technology) and she published a monograph on ethical assessments of emerging technologies with Springer. She is a member of the Lombardia Regional Forum for Research and Innovation.