The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by society involves ethical issues that cannot be underestimated. Obviously, these issues are not completely new and the new ethical requirements do not only affect the use of ICTs. However, some of the traditional ethical issues related to the processes of learning and knowledge creation clearly do take on a new significance.

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We therefore need to reflect more deeply on these ethical issues and their relation to education and technology in a global sense in order to analyse them from an anthropological perspective (or perhaps from an ontological one?) and to provide effective solutions that are closely related to the learning processes. Our main goal is to identify points of friction between ethics and technology in education and points of pressure due to ICT use that can be redirected in favour of an educational approach.

As we will see, this approach need not just result from a strictly scholarly perspective but should allow us to open up the spectrum and analyse current responses to specific situations that raise ethical questions beyond formal educational settings. Surely, a wider educational approach will become the only clear way to face these issues in the mid- and long term.

This thematic line should therefore be able to diagnose the current relationship between ethics and ICTs, identify the main challenges, plan for future ones and, above all, establish guidelines that education professionals should draw up in order to ensure the creation of a society of information in which ICTs are not a problem but part of the solution.

  • Digital and real spaces for humans: threshold and invasions. Digital inclusion and exclusion. Digital identity and privacy. Personal, institutional and technological security in the network. Crime in the digital world. Pathologies and dependencies associated with the technology. Use and abuse of ICT in school and family contexts. Consumption and critical use of technology. Cyberbullying. Education, technology and ethics. Plagiarism in training contexts. Laws, deontological codes and good practice. Intellectual property in the digital context. Information dissemination, knowledge sharing.
  • Don Olcott
  • Martin Schmalzried
  • Joanna Parkin
  • Josep M. Duart Montoliu
  • Xavier Carrera Farran
  • Victoria Camps
  • Eugènia Carmona
  • Ramon Arnó Torrades
  • Juan González Martínez
  • Eliana Gallardo Echenique

Doctor and Graduate Institute of Harvard University for Permanent Education Management Professor of Educational Leadership and ODL (associate) at the University of Maryland University College Former Director of the Observatory of Borderless Higher Education.
Master in Political Science and Government, from the Free University of Brussels.
Technical Coordinator Office Consumers, Services,  Public Health, Sustainable Development, Education and ICT policies. His areas of expertise include Safer Internet and New Technologies. Promoter #DeleteCyberBullying project

Masters in Migration Studies from the University of Kent and a degree in European Social and Political Studies from University College London.

Policy Officer in the Ethics Team of the European Commission's Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA).

Her research interests focus on EU border surveillance technologies, and EU law and policy relating to migration, citizenship and integration.

Holds a PhD in Pedagogy from the Universitat Ramon Llull, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from ESADE Business School, and a Master’s in History from the University of Barcelona. He has taught at various levels of the education and university system, especially in the fields of teacher education, school organization, and education and technology.
Holds a PhD in Education Sciences. He is a tenured professor in the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology at the University of Lleida and a member of the research group COMPETECS: competences, education, technology and society.
PhD in Philosophy. Emeritus professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
An expert on Bioethics, in 2008 she was awarded the Menéndez Pelayo International Prize for her work and influence in the field of philosophy.
Corporal in the Tarragona area divisional agency of the Mossos d’Esquadra (police force) of the Generalitat (autonomous government) of Catalonia.
A Law graduate specialising in legal aspects of the information society.
Holds a PhD in Educational Technology and a PhD in Hispanic Studies. He is the coordinator of the Master’s in Educational Technology: e-Learning and Knowledge Management. Also a member of ARGET (Applied Research Group in Education and Technology) and LATE (Laboratory for Technology Applied to Education).
Holds a degree in Communication Sciences. She is a PhD student of Educational Technologies and a research fellow in the Department of Pedagogy at the Rovira i Virgili University. Also a member of ARGET (Applied Research Group in Education and Technology) and LATE (Laboratory for Technology Applied to Education).