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    Shaping the ethical dimensions of smart information systems (SIS) – a European perspective (SHERPA)


    In collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, the SHERPA project will investigate, analyse and synthesise our understanding of the ways in which smart information systems (SIS; the combi-nation of artificial intelligence and big data analytics) impact ethics and human rights issues. It will develop novel ways of understanding and addressing SIS challenges, evaluate with stakeholders, and advocate the most desirable and sustainable solutions.


  • represent and visualise the ethical and human rights challenges of SIS through case studies, scenarios and artistic representations
  • work with a range of stakeholders to identify their concerns and preferred solutions (via interviews, a large-scale online survey, a Delphi study, a stakeholder board)
  • develop and publish a workbook on responsible development of SIS
  • present technical and regulatory options (e.g., terms of reference for a regulator)
  • validate and prioritise the proposals through multi-stakeholder focus groups
  • advocate, promote and implement the most promising solutions through targeted dis-semination and communication activities
  • Duration: May 2018 - Oct 2021

    For further information visit the SHERPA website and Twitter @project_sherpa

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    SHERPA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement No 786641.

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