The Ethics of Digital Innovation

Towards a Values-driven Information Society

Digital innovation is at the same time changing the shape of society and presenting new ethical challenges. Who sets the ethical and legal framework to process and control information, communication and knowledge? What role is played by economic, social and political actors in areas such as linked data, data mining, intellectual property, the ownership of data and infrastructure? What is the contribution of open data, standards, networks and knowledge? What does the "Internet of Things" mean for relationships between people and their environment? Beyond regulatory and technical issues involved, there is the question of the social processes that are needed to shape technology for the public good.

Speakers / panellists


  • Prof. Dr Christoph Stückelberger

Executive Director and Founder Foundation, Geneva


  • Dr Stephen Brown

Programme Director Online Libraries & Digital Innovation,

  • Prof. Dr Ganesh Nathan

Member of the Institute of Management at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and a professor at Business School Lausanne (BSL).

  • Ms Amélie Vallotton

Professional librarian at Alliance Sud (NGO sector), Secretary of the Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

  • Prof. Patrick-Yves Badillo

    Director of Medi@LAB-Genève (Institute of Communication, Media and Journalism Sciences, University of Geneva) 

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
Session's link to the Sustainable Development Process

Values-orientation is a necessary basis for sustainable development. Development only based on economic opportunities or power games is not sustainable.

Session 207
  • Friday 29 May,
  • Room L, ITU Montbrillant
  • Thematic Workshop

WSIS Forum 2015 | Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development
25–29 May 2015, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland