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A Framework for Implementing RRI in ICT for an Ageing Society - Executive Brief

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  • Andrea Porcari, Elisabetta Borsella, Elvio Mantovani, Italian Association for Industrial Research (AIRI)
  • Bernd Stahl, Catherine Flick, De Montfort University (UK)
  • Miltos Ladikas, Julia Hahn, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE)
  • Alexander Brem, Emad Yaghmaei, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
  • Johnny Hartz Søraker, University of Twente (NL)
  • Stephen J. Barnett, Euclid Network (UK)
  • Doris Schroeder, Kate Chatfield, Uclan (CY)
  • Veikko Ikonen, Jaana Leikas, VTT Technical Research Centre (FI)
  • Michael Obach, TECNALIA Research & Innovation (ES)

One of the most important outcomes of the Responsible-Industry project is a Framework for implementing Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for an ageing society.

The document is based on extensive consultation with international representatives from research, industry and civil society. It consists in a set of recommendations and procedures for the facilitation of RRI in industry by addressing the following key questions:

  • Who is responsible for what? 
  • How can RRI be integrated along the value chain? 
  • How can ethical and social impact analysis be performed? 
  • Which tools can be used for RRI? 

The report is aimed primarily at CEOs, senior executives and project managers who work in industries and businesses that are exploring the use of ICT for an ageing society. It specifies the principal social implications and ethical risks associated with research and innovation in this field such as:

  1. the development and application of products/solutions for health monitoring; 
  2. the support of seniors with physical and/or cognitive impairments; 
  3. and the support of independent living and active ageing at home. 

In addition, it provides practical and workable guidance on how industry can pursue responsible innovation.

The adoption of RRI principles and practices can support companies in designing ethically acceptable, affordable, accessible, reliable and easy to use ICT systems, products and services. This, in turn, has the potential to translate into economic benefits. 

In a nutshell, the message for industry is:

By doing innovation responsibly you will contribute to a better world and you will benefit!

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