IEEE P7000? The First Global Standard Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns in System Design

Sarah Spiekermann

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


This keynote will give an introduction to IEEE P7000, the first standard IEEE is ever going to
publish on ethical issues in system design. As co-chair of IEEE P7000 I am going to inform the
audience about what this standard will be all about. In a nutshell: engineers, technologists and other
project stakeholders need a methodology for identifying, analyzing and reconciling ethical concerns
of end users at the beginning of systems and software life cycles. The purpose of IEEE P7000 is to
enable the pragmatic application of this type of Value-Based System Design methodology which
demonstrates that conceptual analysis of values and an extensive feasibility analysis can help to refine
ethical system requirements in systems and software life cycles. It will provide engineers and
technologists with an implementable process aligning innovation management processes, IS system
design approaches and software engineering methods to minimize ethical risk for their organizations,
stakeholders and end users. In the course of the keynote I will also show how relevant values and
system design ideas can be gained from using utilitarianism, deontological ethics and virtue ethics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-159
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2017

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