The purpose of this paper is to examine how Slow Tech can support the celebration of the 20-year series of ETHICOMP conferences, with its ethical and societal focus, building on earlier descriptions of Slow Tech. The paper takes Slow Tech’s ideas a step further to explore how a roadmap and concrete checklist of activities can be developed.
The paper is a thought leadership or conceptual piece. Its approach is based on a normative, qualitative discourse. It, nevertheless, indicates a shift towards concrete actions.
Extracting from a brief historical overview, the paper lays out the means of building a Slow Tech roadmap and a Slow Tech checklist of actions. It also investigates a number of the challenges that might face Slow Tech in the future.
The paper has implications for stakeholder fields as far-ranging as corporations, computing professional associations, universities and research institutions and end-users.
As with other investigations of Slow Tech, the value of this paper is in its call for reflection followed by action. It provides a useful complement and counterbalance to an earlier paper by the same authors: “Slow Tech: a quest for good, clean and fair ICT” published in Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society (Vol. 12, issue 2, pp. 78-92).
Thanks are due to various attendees at ETHICOMP 2014 conference workshops; the anonymous reviewers of a paper submitted to the ETHICOMP 2014 conference; and the similarly anonymous reviewers of the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society for their helpful comments and constructive criticisms of earlier versions of this paper.
Patrignani, N. and Whitehouse, D. (2015), "Slow Tech: a roadmap for a good, clean and fair ICT", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 13 No. 3/4, pp. 268-282. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-05-2015-0014Download as .RIS
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