Trust in technology

Ethical contributions to technology assessment beyond acceptance and acceptability?

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14512/tatup.30.2.53

Keywords:

trust, technology ethics, digital technology, IT security, technology assessment

Abstract

This article explores the potential for “trust in technology” to make a productive conceptual contribution to the ethical evaluation of technology, complementing the concepts of “acceptance” and “acceptability” already established in technology assessment. It shows that for digital technologies in particular, “trust” can better address aspects of security against attacks as it allows to integrate concepts of IT security. Furthermore, “trustworthy technology” allows for a better inclusion of lay perspectives, since rationally justified trust in the sense of risk expectations can be mediated interpersonally by experts. Especially for the evaluation of digital technologies, “trust in technology” can thus bridge a conceptual gap between acceptance and acceptability.

Published

26.07.2021

How to Cite

1.
Weydner-Volkmann S. Trust in technology: Ethical contributions to technology assessment beyond acceptance and acceptability?. TATuP [Internet]. 2021 Jul. 26 [cited 2021 Sep. 23];30(2):53-9. Available from: https://tatup.de/index.php/tatup/article/view/6901