This Framework is a tool that helps those involved in research and innovation in ICT to do so responsibly. The Framework presented here consists of a set of scaffolding questions that allow researchers, funders and other stakeholders to consider a range of aspects of ICT research. This introduction to the Framework answers the following questions.
Why do we need a Framework specifically for ICT?
RRI is a topic that is strongly debated in more contested areas of research and technology, such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology or geoengineering. There are, however, some characteristics or features of ICT that set them apart from other fields. Key among them are:
- Speed of innovation and diffusion
- Ubiquity and pervasiveness
- Applied and fundamental research
- Logical malleability
- Problem of many hands
- Multitude of Backgrounds
What does the Framework consist of?
The Framework maps the four main components of the EPSRC AREA principles against four core aspects of RRI
How do I use the framework?
The framework consists of a set of questions that allow a researcher, funder, policymaker or other interested party to structure the way they think about research. It can be used to gain an overview of all sorts of different aspects of RRI in ICT. It can furthermore be utilised to gain insight into specific issues, questions or applications.