The Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT project is a three-year effort to investigate how to conduct ICT research in general in a responsible manner, funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Many of the issues discussed and resources provided are relevant to concerns expressed in Responsible Data Forum events. The project has three parts:
- A landscape study interviewing 45 ICT researchers as well as representatives from industry, civil society and professional organisations.
- A framework to help ICT researchers and innovators navigate the difficult social and ethical questions their work can raise (a summary table in the picture below – each question)
- A Responsible Research and Innovation Observatory – a website to share resources and best practice with a community including companies, regulators, civil society, users, funders and others.
This article introduces the project and summarises its main findings so far.