Promoting RRI

across the ICT Research Community

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) aims to ensure the sustainability, acceptability and desirability of research processes and outputs. ORBIT provides training, consultancy and other RRI services to both university and industry research and innovation teams to help ensure that RRI principles are embedded in development from the earliest possible point.


ORBIT (the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation) has been commissioned by the EPSRC to provide leadership in the promotion and application of responsible research and innovation practices to the information and communication technology (ICT) community. In order to achieve this goal, ORBIT has developed a series of key services:

The ORBIT Journal

The ORBIT journal is an open online resource that allows scholars, practitioners and others who are interested in RRI to exchange experience, good practice and other ideas about RRI.

Workshops & Courses

Our series of courses and workshops take you from the Introduction of RRI and its priniciples. Each course and workshop further assists you with embedding RRI into small, medium and large ICT grant proposals.

Industry Focused

ORBIT offers a variety of Industry focused services to organisations looking to explore ethical implications including Consultancy, Ethical Framework Evaluation and the Safety and Assurance of Autonomous Systems

Latest News & Articles

The ORBIT Journal publishes original research and contributions in the area of responsible research and innovation in ICT. It forms part of the overall ORBIT project, which aims to foster a culture of RRI in the ICT research community and beyond. In order to connect with the community, ORBIT uses a fully double blind process of peer review.

It is an online gold open access journal. At least for the period from 2017 to 2020, while the ORBIT project is supported by the UK Engineering and Phyical Sciences Research Council, the ORBIT journal will not charge article processing fees.

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Events & Conferences

Past Workshops & Events

Ethics of Information Education for Living with Robots

ICT drastically changes our lifestyle. Education must keep up with the change to have our next generation to survive. This paper will first point out lack of un...

On the Difficult Task of Teaching Computer Ethics to Engineers

This paper addresses the challenges of teaching computer ethics to engineers. The computer professionals are identified as the starting point of the stakeholder...

Inaugural Editorial

The ORBIT Journal- An Online Journal for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT Taken From: Vol 1 No 1 (2017): The ORBIT Journal – An Online Journal f...

More rational discourse for designing information systems

Possibilities and challenges This article analyses the possibilities of using Habermasian rational discourse for designing information systems. We start by conc...

The Rule of Law and EU Data Protection Legislation

Some Controversial Issues in light of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation The article aims to analyse the evolution of the EU data protection legislat...

Who will rule the world in the future?

Can new technologies dramatically change humanity as we know it? New technologies are dramatically changing human civilization in a way few could have imagined ...

Ethical Dimensions of User Centric Regulation

In this paper, we question the role of information technology (IT) designers in IT regulation. Through our concept of user centric regulation (UCR) we unpack wh...