Implications of an Ethic of Privacy for Human-Centered Systems Engineering

AI & Society 22(3), 385-403

22 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2017 Last revised: 12 Jan 2017

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Peter Carew

Waterford Institute of Technology

Larry Stapleton

Waterford Institute of Technology

Gabriel Byrne

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: January 1, 2008

Abstract

Privacy remains an intractable ethical issue for the information society. Given its complicity, there is a moral obligation to redress privacy issues in systems engineering practice itself. This paper investigates the role the concept of privacy plays in contemporary systems engineering practice. Ontologically a nominalist human concept, privacy is considered from an appropriate engineering perspective: human-centered design. Two human-centered design standards are selected as exemplars of best practice, and are analysed using an existing multi-dimensional privacy model. The findings indicate that the human-centered standards are currently inadequate in dealing with privacy issues. Some implications for future practice are subsequently highlighted.

Keywords: Privacy, human-centred design, best practice, Q methodology, standards, systems engineering

Suggested Citation

Carew, Peter and Stapleton, Larry and Byrne, Gabriel, Implications of an Ethic of Privacy for Human-Centered Systems Engineering (January 1, 2008). AI & Society 22(3), 385-403, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894195

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Gabriel Byrne

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

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