Technological artefacts are not neutral, but embody socio-cultural, political, ethical, and other values. Assumptions and conceptions determine the various phases of research and development and inscribe themselves in these products and services.
How do we deal with conflicting values in our project?
What are our institutional values and how do they align with product development?
How does our project contribute to making the world a better place?
Technology design is – often implicitly – based on values, e.g. privacy and security, hierarchies, distribution of work, gender equality and participation, user empowerment, ecological responsibility. How do we reflect and integrate such values in our project?
Does our field of interest provide opportunities for inclusive technology design?
Is our project meant to support the status quo or do we strive for change?
How will we combine and balance conflicting social and technical factors?
How do we decide on tools, technologies, and procedures to be used? Do we follow economic, ecological, personal, or other interests?
Technology design is based on values, e.g., privacy and security, power relations, distribution of work, production conditions, gender equality and participation, anti-racism, trans*gender equity, disability justice, inclusion, user empowerment, sustainability, ecological responsibility. How do we reflect and integrate such values in our project?
How can we test our system in the field?
How can we evaluate our system with diverse groups and under various external conditions?
What happens to results that show that things do not work out? How can we learn from project failures and use mistakes in a constructive way?
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