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

Carew, Peter J. and Stapleton, Larry and Byrne, Gabriel J. (2008) Implications of an Ethic of Privacy for Human-Centred Systems Engineering. AI & Society, 22 (3). pp. 385-403. ISSN 0951-5666

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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-centred design. Two human-centred 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-centred standards are currently inadequate in dealing with privacy issues. Some implications for future practice are subsequently highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Privacy, human-centred design, best practice, Q methodology, standards, systems engineering.
Departments or Groups: Centre for INformation SYstems and TEchno-culture
Divisions: School of Science > Department of Computing, Maths and Physics
Depositing User: Peter Carew
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 15:25
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2018 12:26

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