Hi everyone, Kevin here.

I sincerely hope you are all well in these uncertain, complicated times!

I continue my journey towards (humbly) setting up the basis for an ethics-literate community. This is more than ever important given the situation.

Indeed, what was questionable yesterday is now overlooked because, well, context changed. Does it mean ethics is what one care of?

For instance, technology currently seems to be the ultimate end to our shaking society, enabling “remote working” to everyone. This is a fiction, and we need a hero. Except it is not even remotely homogeneous or even equally distributed: inequalities are now, more than ever, visible.

Furthermore, not everyone can or should work remotely. And even though all the above were true, ethical questions remain i.e. the intrusiveness of some of our tools –even though the context influences the thin line of acceptability.

Is the urgency of the situation a good justification to dodge ethical issues?

However, these extraordinary circumstances also offer a great opportunity to open discussion on many subjects and our relationship/dependency with many things.

Anyways, thanks for reading!

Take care of your human, design, critical thinking.

Wish you all the best,

With ♥️ from Switzerland.

Ethics For Designers.

Ethics For Designers: Important Ethical & Moral Notions

Understanding the differences between metaethics, normative ethics, deontology, and consequentialism.

Ethics For Designers: What’s Cultural Relativism?

When your moral principles are what your society approves of.

Ethics is “What should” not “What is”.

Collective Identity and the Limits of Innovation: A Review and Research Agenda — www.researchgate.net

In this essay, we discuss how collective identity shapes and constrains innovation […]

“Being a symphony orchestra constrains your innovation simply because everybody expects you to be a symphony orchestra.”

We go on to argue that innovation researchers need to pay more attention to the mechanisms through which collective identity limits and shapes innovation, to investigate potential strategies that organizations can use to manage the tension between collective identity and innovation, and to better understand how collective identity can be used as a resource in innovation.

Ethics is Action in Complexity.

CensemakingSystems Thinking About Action: Complexity — censemaking.com

The global pandemic situation has provided us with a lesson in complexity by giving us much to see, learn, and do if we pay attention. It’s been said that the best time to plant a tree is 20 …

Ethics is Beliefs Informing Behavior.

Elon Musk Offers to Make Ventilators at Tesla Factory — futurism.com

In a series of tweets, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered to “make ventilators if there is a shortage” to assist hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ethics is Equality.

TikTok ‘tried to filter out videos from ugly, poor or disabled users’ — www.theguardian.com

TikTok moderators were told to suppress videos from users who appeared too ugly, poor or disabled, as part of the company’s efforts to curate an aspirational air in the videos it promotes, according to new documents published by the Intercept.

Ethics is about the Experience.

Ethics in the Game Industry — www.youtube.com

In this 2019 GDC talk, UX expert Celia Hodent analyzes what scientific research says about the potential problems video games can create in terms of addiction, violence, loot boxes, and dark patterns (without the fear-mongering) and invites viewers to think about where the industry should draw the line.

Ethics is about Goals.

India plans to build an all-seeing database to track citizens’ every move by 2021 — thenextweb.com

India, the world’s biggest democracy, built a massive database containing information and biometrics of its citizens in the form of Aadhaar back in 2009. Now, it’s planning to build a new database that will continually track the lives of 1.2 billion people living in the country — and further enable surveillance without legal frameworks to prevent its misuse.

Ethics is about Consequences.

Asia fast-tracks hi-tech coronavirus solutions — news.trust.org

AI-powered technology is being rolled out to help track the outbreak, clean hospitals, deliver supplies and develop vaccines throughout the continent.

About design 👇👇👇

Design is Interconnectedness.

Pandemics Are Also an Urban Planning Problem — www.citylab.com

Will COVID-19 change how cities are designed? Michele Acuto of the Connected Cities Lab talks about density, urbanization and pandemic preparation.

Design is Navigating Uncertainty.

How Futurists Cope With Uncertainty — www.linkedin.com

A simple tool you can use to see plausible future states early I’ve been fielding lots of questions this week from clients, journalists, researchers and friends working in various parts of the federal government. Everyone is feeling anxious.