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Anthropology Studies

As part of our design process, we are continuously reading, annotating and sharing whatever topic we research. In the case of VIRT-EU, our topics swarm around ethics, technology, connected devices and algorithms. On a parallel track, at this stage we research on our methodologies of co-design, co-creation, speculative design, critical design. Most of it is kept track of here.

This report was created by the ITU and LSE anthropologists and ethicists in VIRT-EU. We culled a few themes and especially interesting areas.

Team work

  • Gap between personal belief and company statement
  • There is a lack of shared vocabulary / open channels of communication
  • IOT developers vs. Developer/Business strategists vs. marketing etc.

Point of View

  • Understanding the “other” point of view
  • User of product
  • Roles on the team

Responsibility chain

  • What is the stack of responsibilities underneath the surface of the product?
  • And how about in the team around creating the product?

Speed + Time 

  • How can we match phases of daily habits + product design + ethical reflection?
  • How can we match speeds of development with speed of ethical reflection

Values identified

  • Agency / autonomy
  • Data protection
  • Surveillance
  • Interoperability
  • Responsibility
  • Trust
  • Privacy
  • Control
  • Security
  • Openness
  • Transparency
  • Sustainability
  • Information asymmetry
  • Invisible v. transparent