ON-Lion Letter
A recent report researched and written by Mary Rundle and Chris Conley of the Net Dialogue project, to which The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee offers substantial support, highlights several concerning ethical implications of emerging information technologies around the world.

Presented to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in March 2007, the highly technical report comprehensively examines international human-rights, privacy, and other ethical questions arising out of, among other developing technologies:  1.) the collection of metadata, or data about data; 2.) digital identity management and biometrics; 3.) radio-frequency identification, sensors, and other technologies that can pinpoint the physical locations of people; 4.) mesh networking, which can help connect otherwise unconnected areas; and,  5.) grid computing, which can pool data for access as needed.

There is "a bright future in which emerging technologies are applied to the benefit of all humanity," Rundle and Conley write in Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies:  A Survey.  "History suggests, however, that technology can also be used to limit rather than to promote human rights and dignity.  Thus, it is important to consider how these technologies may promote or thwart the realization of infoethics goals."

Bradley's support of Net Dialogue, which is directed by Rundle, comes through parallel grants to Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.
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