Data Philanthropy and Individual Rights. Mariarosario Taddeo, 2017.

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Taddeo, Mariarosaria. 2017. “Data Philanthropy and Individual Rights.” Minds and Machines 27(1):1–5.

 

In her article Data Philanthropy and Individual Rights, Mariarosario Taddeo argues that data philanthropy could contribute to morally positive social outcomes if operational challenges are overcome. Acknowledging that data philanthropy by itself is a morally ambiguous activity Taddeo emphasizes its infraethical nature, defined as a “not-yet ethical framework of implicit expectations, attitudes, and practices that can facilitate and promote moral decisions and actions”1Taddeo, Mariarosaria. 2017. “Data Philanthropy and Individual Rights.” Minds and Machines 27(1):2., can be resolved by ensuring proper moral values such as trust, security, and transparency are integrated within its development. Taddeo offers a number of examples describing the operational challenges of data philanthropy faces such as the development of trust. Among others, she offers the 2014 Ebola crises as an example where more fluid information sharing could have facilitated tracking the disease but “issues concerning commercial interests, uses’ privacy, national security, as well as regulatory uncertainty”2Taddeo, Mariarosaria. 2017. “Data Philanthropy and Individual Rights.” Minds and Machines 27(1):1. frustrated the process.  By identifying intermediary steps that could lead to either positive or negative outcomes resulting from data philanthropy and then breaking down their respective ethical and moral implications, Taddeo provides the reader with a clearer path leading to the mobilization of data philanthropy as a positive social force while affirming the importance of ethical analyses in appreciating its values and possibilities.

 

The full article is currently available here: https://rosariataddeo.net/article/

 



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