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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.

Questions relating to Project Definition

  • 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?
  • 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 deal with conflicting values in our project?
  • What are our institutional values and how do they align with product development?