Our services

We provide consulting services on technology ethics and social impacts of technologies

Our consulting services are intended for organisations invested in technologies and their social impacts in one form or another; from municipalities and governmental organisations to businesses and consortia for EU projects. We are your partner in making innovation responsible.

Ethical and Social Impact Scan

How does your technology of interest perform ethically and socially? Does it have ethical or social liabilities? Let us identify its impacts so that you can avoid risks.

Ethical and Social Impact Management

What can be done to improve the ethical and social footprint of your technology of interest? How should its impacts be managed to increase societal acceptance sustainably and responsibly? Ask us about research-based solutions.

Other services

Keynotes, workshops, content curation, policy advocacy or training for your organisation in matters social and technological. Let’s find out together what we can do for you.

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Ethical and Social Impact Scan

Each smart city application influences what it means to be a citizen by changing citizens’ practices and relationships to the city. Each home appliance rearranges domestic relations and roles. Every technological product, system or service has social and ethical impacts – from high tech to low tech and regardless of its intended target markets or purposes.

The awareness of such impacts is growing rapidly, transforming accountability around technologies and raising the public’s expectations of responsibility in innovation – justifiably so. Understanding the social and ethical footprint of technologies is increasingly important for organisations developing, deploying or funding them.

How does your technology of interest affect potential customers, users, citizens or other relevant stakeholders? Does it have ethical or social liabilities that can lead to backlash and loss of reputation?

Our Ethical and Social Impact Scan will map out the impacted stakeholders, analyse key impacts and detect potential risks related to your technology of interest so that you can benefit from innovation with confidence. The service also provides you and your organisation with skills necessary to understand and navigate the impacts.

The Ethical and Social Impact Scan distills cutting-edge social science research into actionable insights that serve your organisation’s particular needs. Whether your technology of interest is already in use, being developed or has only been considered as a potential investment, the scan can improve your understanding of its social and ethical footprint.

Start preparing for a new decade of accountability, responsible innovation and conscious control over technologies’ ethical and social impacts.

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Ethical and Social Impact Management

What counts as a ‘promising technology’ or a ‘great product’ is increasingly seen to depend on how it impacts the society at large. A broader social acceptance of technologies’ impacts is becoming a key precondition to their uptake and success.

The acceptance of technological products, systems and services has often gone unmanaged and received attention only after risks have already materialised. We believe that the increasing awareness of their social impacts calls for a proactive, professional response.

Our Ethical and Social Impact Management services will strategically align the impacts of your technology of interest with changing societal expectations and demands.

Our Impact Management services support you with

  • avoiding risks and liabilities on a long-term basis
  • creating additional value for the impacted stakeholders who get to decide if different technological offerings are worth their acceptance, time and money
  • cultivating sustainable relationships between your technology of interest and different stakeholders.

To reach the desired results, we apply leading-edge social science research on technologies and draw from methods such as value sensitive design and constructive technology assessment.

Whether your technology of interest is already in use, being developed or has only been considered as a potential investment, Ethical and Social Impact Management can improve your control over its social acceptance.

It is recommended that an Impact Scan would be conducted before starting an Ethical and Social Impact Management project. Our Impact Management services are primarily targeted for organisations involved in developing technological products, systems or services, such as technology companies or public-private consortia.

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Other services

Keynotes, workshops, content curation, policy advocacy or training for your organisation in matters social and technological. Let’s find out together what we can do for you.

We also deliver presentations, organise workshops, curate content, give policy advocacy and organise trainings on topics at the intersection of technology and society. Such topics include:

  • What are social impacts of technologies and why do they deserve attention
  • Why are technologies always political and never “just neutral tools”
  • Why does data not speak for itself
  • What is (unintended) discrimination by technologies and how can it be avoided
  • How can technologies be designed to have desired social impacts

Let us know if you would be interested in learning more about the above topics, or other topics at the intersection of technology and society. Let’s plan an empowering service package for your organisation together.