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Ekaterina Mulder

Human-Technology Relations: Postphenomenology and Philosophy of Technology

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Technologies rapidly come into our life. Without being fully aware of what they do and how they operate, we start using them, at work, at home, in our leisure time. Gradually they change the world around us making our daily practice impossible without their presence. How does that happen? Which role do they play in our life? How do we envision our relations with technology in the future? These and many other questions were raised during the international conference “Human-Technology Relations: Postphenomenology and Philosophy of Technology” held on the 11-13th of July 2018 at the University of Twente in the…

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TRANSPARENCY + CHOICE = CONTEXTUAL INTEGRITY

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There is no secret that many things that people used to do in real life can now also be done virtually, like: shopping and paying bills with use of Internet banking; making friends and staying in contact through social media websites; or following courses and passing exams online. When we experience all these situations in real life, we behave in a way fitting to social norms and principles.  For example, when people meet for the first time, it is quite normal to keep some distance from each other and have a limited socially-accepted range of topics to discuss. It takes…

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Visual informed consent

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As TeSLA instruments collect personal data, students need to be informed about the type of data that are being collected, how they will be stored and processed, etc. before they are asked for their consent. Informed consent is a legal document regulating the relationship between parties. This can be, for instance, researchers and subjects but also educational institutions deploying TeSLA and their students. It is usually a written form, and signing of this form authorizes use of data for the specified purposes and in the ways described. But how effective is a written form for obtaining consent? It complies with…

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