First, we will introduce the module by defining what is data ethics, and touch upon topics such as data philanthropy and open data.
Second, we will explore issues pertaining values in the data era. We will explore how practical ethical topics such as accountability, autonomy, confidentiality, privacy, trust, and consent apply in the creation, processing and distribution of data. For example, should online consent be modeled on the medical model of consent? Is there such things as group-privacy?
Third, we will examine the role that data plays in democracy. We will examine the issues of data surveillance, biases in big data, and the ethics of digital work. Does data surveillance undermine democracy? Who is morally responsible for biases in big data?
Finally, we will consider some contemporary issues in data ethics, such as posthumous data donation and price discrimination. For example, is it morally permissible for companies to charge different prices for the same product depending on where the online search was carried out?
This module is still under development and we will provide further information about its availability in the future.