Technology in and for Society: Innovating well for inclusive transitions

Panel 4. Tools of Upstream Technology Governance: Soft Law, Standards, and Ethics-by-Design

Dec 7, 2021 | 2:10 PM - 3:20 PM


Governance of emerging technologies too early in the development process can possibly be constraining; but governing too late can make technologies harder to govern as they become institutionalised. This panel explored a range of tools that seek to enable “innovating well” by working through tool and mechanisms of upstream governance. Communities of technological practice have become more creative in the embedding of social values, not just safety but also ethical considerations, into the development of emerging technology using techniques like soft law, private governance, standards and ethics-by-design. ● What are current trends and best practices for enacting agile and robust approaches to upstream governance that enable innovation but align technological development with societal goals? ● What are the advantages and disadvantages to different forms of upstream technology governance?



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