IGF 2018 WS #184
Achieving the SDGs through Ethically Aligned Design


Organizer 1: Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 2: Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Speaker 1: Jane Coffin, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Gregory Shannon, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Sonia Jorge, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Panel - 90 Min


All of the speakers will have an opportunity to speak in a dialog with the moderator for five to seven minutes to express their viewpoints on the issues. In addition, the speakers will be limited to a maximum of one slide in order to facilitate dialog. The final sixty minutes of the session will be a moderated discussion with the panelists and both remote and in situ audience participants.


The confirmed panelists represent varying geographic regions including North America and Europe. The gender balance of the confirmed panelists includes two women and one man. In addition, we expect to add an additional panelist that is a student or young professional.

As the value of ICTs in all areas of global community and economy grows, issues of ethics, privacy and trust are increasingly becoming barriers to achieving global benefit, particularly for underserved countries and communities. As individuals and businesses become more dependent on digital platforms to communicate, collaborate and transact, the trust we put into modern and developing technologies including those technologies we do not yet foresee is one of the most important drivers of our future economic growth, shared prosperity and societal progress. These platforms power innovation and gains in productivity with profound impacts on people's lives. As ICTs continue to evolve, they will play a critical role in accelerating achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Therefore, trust will be a key element for a sustainable and evolving digital economy, especially in an increasingly inter-connected world, and it is a key asset in an ever more complex digital world. Equity of access to data and resources is core to social and economic progress. But how do we ensure the benefits of ICTs when trust boundaries are changing, contributing to a new dynamic global environment that may inspire insecurity, fear and suspicion creating consequences for how ICTs and data generated can be leveraged for delivering a better future for world citizens? The session will also explore the impact of other evolving technologies such as Blockchain in this context.

- Setting the stage (moderator) – 5 minutes
- Moderated discussion with panelists – 25 minutes
- Moderated interactive dialog between panelists and with both online and in situ audience members - 60 minutes

Each panelist will have a facilitated discussion with the moderator for approximately five to seven minutes followed by a brief discussion amongst the moderator and the panelists for a total of thirty minutes. The remaining sixty minutes will be dedicated to an interactive dialog, which will be facilitated by the onsite moderator, with the online and in situ participants working closely with the remote moderator to ensure full online participation.

The ethical dimensions of ICTs will play a critical role in achieving the SDGs. Incorporating ethics by design in the creation of ICTs will provide trust in these technologies helping to further widespread global adoption in order to assist in achieving the SDGs.


Please download the Ethically Aligned Design V2 here: http://standards.ieee.org/develop/indconn/ec/auto_sys_form.html (File is too large to attach.)

Online Participation

The remote moderator will engage with the remote participants to ensure that they become an active part of the session. The remote moderator will act as the remote participants physical representative in the session to guarantee that the remote participants to fully engage in the session.

Reference Document: http://ethicsinaction.ieee.org