Ethics, Human Rights & Emerging Technologies

The SIENNA project ended on 31 March 2021. The results of our 3,5 year project were presented at a three day conference: Discussing the ethical and human rights issues raised by emerging technologies, methods and instruments proposed by SIENNA. The project is also leaving a legacy of reports and publications in scientific journals, and there are more to come! Some of our results have contributed to the development of a series of policy briefs for European and national policy makers. As the project came to an end, we also participated in the European Parliament's STOA panel's workshop on policy options for the ethical governance of disruptive technologies.

SIENNA Final conference

The video is available for those who are interested in the more general results, and those specific to human genetics and genomics, technologies that can be used to enhance human abilities, artificial intelligence and robotics. We have also provided summaries of our recommendations in a series of policy briefs, and a two minute video version. Results have also been shared in a series of public deliverable reports, and several publications in scientific journals.

Artificial intelligence & robotics

The SIENNA final conference session on artificial Intelligence and robotics was held on 11 March 2021. It focused on ethical, legal and human rights challenges. In this session, we presented our results and discuss how ethics is currently being used and integrated in AI practices and institutions We identify problems and challenges and propose ways to move forward. Presentations included new research ethics frameworks for AI, new regulatory and policy proposals, Ethics by Design methodologies, the role of stakeholders and the general public in responsible innovation for AI, the role of critical and social studies of AI in ethics and policy, and education and training programmes for ethics of AI.

Introduction and key findings

Anaïs Resseguier, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, Trilateral Research

SIENNA multistakeholder strategy for ethical AI and robotics

Philip Brey, Professor of Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente

Regulatory & policy recommendations

Rowena Rodrigues, PhD, Senior Research Manager, Trilateral Research

Research ethics framework

Philip Brey, Professor of Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente

Ethics by design

Brandt Dainow, PostDoc, University of Twente

Ethics as attention to context for AI

Anaïs Resseguier, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, Trilateral Research

Enhancing EU legal frameworks for AI & robotics

Cover of SIENNA Policy Brief #1

In practice, existing EU legal frameworks like human rights, data protection, product liability and safety, are fully applicable and should be able to cope with the challenges posed by AI and robotics, and other emerging technologies. SIENNA has identified various gaps and challenges that must be addressed. In our first policy brief, we list some of the urgent actions required and make recommendations for European Union institutions. 

Trilateral Research. (2020, December 17). Enhancing EU legal frameworks for AI & robotics: SIENNA project Policy Brief #1 (Version 1.0). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4332661

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Enhancing national legal frameworks for AI & robotics

Policy brief #3

National policy-makers should ensure that any changes in legislation responding to AI and robotics are fit for purpose and in accordance with the country’s international obligations, especially with regards to human rights and societal values. There is need for legal clarity and guidance. In this policy brief, we present some of the urgent actions required and recommendations for national policy-makers, government ministries and departments (particularly ICT), parliaments, public authorities, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), supervisory bodies, and regulators.

Trilateral Research, Responsible AI and robotics: Enhancing national legal frameworks, SIENNA Project Policy Brief #3 (Version 1.0). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4545804

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Ethics & human rights for new and emerging technologies

Ethics & human rights for new and emerging technologies: SIENNA project Policy Brief #4

Human genomics, human enhancement, artificial intelligence and robotics offer benefits for both individuals and society. But these technologies also challenge human rights and our notions of what is ethical. SIENNA has developed frameworks and proposals for the ethical management and legal regulation of human genetics and genomics, technologies for human enhancement, artificial intelligence and robotics.

This policy brief presents key messages drawn from the EU-funded Horizon 2020 SIENNA project (2017-2021). SIENNA seeks to promote enhanced consideration of ethical and human rights issues in new and emerging technologies with major socio-economic impact and human rights relevance.

SIENNA project, Ethics & human rights for new and emerging technologies: SIENNA project Policy Brief #4. (Version 1.0) Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4590094

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Last modified: 2021-03-26