Ethical questions of digitalization in the Global South

Perspectives on justice and equality

Keywords: digitalization, ICT, access barriers, power relations, ethical questions, value-laden technology

Abstract

Digitalization and information and communications technology (ICT) influence and transform the world economy, our everyday life, politics, and our way of communicating. This entails opportunities and benefits as well as risks, challenges, and difficulties for all actors involved. Especially in the African context, but also in other countries of the Global South, there are important questions and aspects of digitalization which have to be addressed by technology assessment (TA) from an ethical point of view: questions of unequal power relations, neo-colonialism, (digital) illiteracy and language barriers, general barriers to access, and the gender digital divide. To broaden the perspectives of TA in global contexts, these issues should be discussed by different scientific disciplines, equally considering the positions of those affected. The inter- and transdisciplinary approaches in this TATuP special topic make a much-needed contribution to TA of digitalization in a global context.

Published
08.07.2019
How to Cite
SCHOPP, K.; SCHELENZ, L.; HEESEN, J.; PAWELEC, M. Ethical questions of digitalization in the Global South. TATuP - Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis, v. 28, n. 2, p. 11-16, 8 Jul. 2019.