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Wednesday, October 18 2017

  • 1:19pm
  • 1:05pm

    Executive summary

    You can download the executive summary.

    FULL publication

    Associate and Organisational members have free access to the full report here.

    Order the book

    The book is available to order via IOS Press.

    Where we are today

    Digital technologies are now deeply and inextricably embedded across the entire sphere of human activities. People no longer think of the online world as only virtual, in the sense of it ‘not being real’. On the contrary, they view digital services and applications as an essential part of their lives and as carriers of great benefits as well as significant threats.

    Along with providing immense opportunities for citizens who respect the Rule of Law, the global digital environment also provides a new space for criminals, terrorists and others with malicious intent. Child pornography, hate speech, incitement to violence, piracy of intellectual property, fraud and money laundering have migrated online, and attacks on networks and information infrastructures proliferate. Consequently, cybercrime and cybersecurity have become major concerns.

    The global digital space has evolved largely according to the maxim that, at least in theory, “people should enjoy the same autonomy, rights and freedoms online as they do offline”. Nevertheless, arbitrary restrictions on access to the Internet and digital media, and unbounded attempts by government or companies to monitor our online activities often interfere with fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression and information, freedom of association, and the protection of our privacy.

    How do we maintain the freedoms and as well benefit from the abundant opportunities that the digital ecosystem brings – to express ourselves, to be creative as professionals as well as responsible citizens, to share our opinions freely – while also building into the same digital space adequate safeguards against attacks that intend to harm? How, in short, can we reconcile liberty, security and ethical behaviour in the digital world?

    The Digital Enlightenment Forum (DigEnlight) takes the firm position that the new...

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  • 12:31pm
  • 11:39am

    Perhaps useful for those working specifically on mHealth research:

    Mobile health or “mHealth” research introduces new ethical and regulatory challenges that both institutional review boards (IRBs) and researchers are struggling to navigate. In response, the Connected and Open Research Ethics (CORE) initiative was launched by a team at UC San Diego with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The CORE initiative has involved researchers and IRB personnel to identify the priorities and functionality of this resource. The overarching goal of CORE is to develop dynamic and relevant ethical practices to guide mHealth and digital medicine research. Join the CORE Network to access resources (e.g., protocol and consent documents), learn from experts and contribute to shaping ethical practices in the digital age.

    >You can visit the CORE website at

Thursday, October 5 2017