The remit of the Action Group on Governance and Ethics is to support the existing professional and academic roles and bodies in the University with responsibility for research ethics and data protection as well as advising on common standards, monitoring enquiries and complaints, and maintaining oversight of activities.
The Action Group is currently being coordinated by Prof Charles Raab (Politics and International Relations) and Dr James Stewart (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies), with support from Andres Dominguez (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies). The Group has volunteer members of the University with specialised expertise and responsibility in ethics, responsible research and innovation, and governance. This includes the University Data Protection Officer. At regular meetings, the Action Group will review and provide input to projects that intend to use the infrastructure and make guidance available to researchers and staff. The Action Group will also develop work on governance projects, exploring ways that staff, students and the wider community can be involved in the governance of appropriate applications and use of the Infrastructure and other IoT systems, including linking new data with existing data sets.
The Action Group is responsible for drafting and maintaining the document Principles and Procedures for Ethical IoT (PDF).
The Action Group is happy to provide advice to support legal and ethical compliance and how ethical concerns can be identified and addressed in order to facilitate research, including student projects and student-focussed hackathons.