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Unintended side effects of the digital transition: European scientists’ messages from a proposition-based expert round table

Scholz, R. W.; Bartelsman, E. J.; Diefenbach, S.; Franke, L.; Grunwald, Arnim; Helbing, D.; Hill, R.; Hilty, L.; Höjer, M.; Klauser, S.; Montag, C.; Parycek, P.; Prote, J. P.; Renn, O.; Reichel, A.; Schuh, G.; Steiner, G.; Pereira, G. V.

We present the main messages of a European Expert Round Table (ERT) on the unintended side effects (unseens) of the digital transition. Seventeen experts provided 42 propositions from ten different perspectives as input for the ERT. A full-day ERT deliberated communalities and relationships among these unseens and provided suggestions on (i) what the major unseens are; (ii) how rebound effects of digital transitioning may become the subject of overarching research; and (iii) what unseens should become subjects of transdisciplinary theory and practice processes for developing socially robust orientations. With respect to the latter, the experts suggested that the “ownership, economic value, use and access of data” and, related to this, algorithmic decision-making call for transdisciplinary processes that may provide guidelines for key stakeholder groups on how the responsible use of digital data can be developed. A cluster-based content analysis of the propositions, the discussion and inputs of the ERT, and a theoretical analysis of major changes to levels of human systems and the human–environment relationship resulted in the following greater picture: The digital transition calls for redefining economy, labor, democracy, and humanity. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000084596
Veröffentlicht am 23.07.2018
DOI: 10.3390/su10062001
Zitationen: 27
Web of Science
Zitationen: 4
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2071-1050
KITopen-ID: 1000084596
HGF-Programm 48.01.01 (POF III, LK 01) Innovation Processes+impacts of Technol.
Erschienen in Sustainability
Verlag MDPI
Band 10
Heft 6
Seiten 2001
Nachgewiesen in Web of Science
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