Challenging the ideal of transparency as a process and as an output variable of Responsible Innovation: The case of 'the Circle'

V. Blok, R.J.B. Lubberink, H. van den Belt, Simone Ritzer, Hendrik van der Kruk, Guido Danen

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Abstract

This chapter explores the opportunities and limitations of the ideal of transparency in responsible innovation, by consulting the virtual case of "The Circle", a company which appears in Dave Eggers' novel The Circle. The Circle is a high-tech company with the main purpose of being responsive to societal needs. They want to eradicate unethical behaviour in society, enhance public health and make a positive impact on the environment. The ultimate goal of The Circle is to reach 100% full transparency in the world, which is impossible without any societal desirability. In first instance, it is free choice of people to accept and embrace the products and services of The Circle, who invest resources in keeping customers happy and in raising awareness about the dangers of privacy. The chapter concludes that The Circle meets the requirements regarding the outcomes of responsible innovation, at least to a certain extent, while at the same time, one feels unease about certain activities they undertake.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResponsible Research and Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Concepts to Practices
EditorsRobert Gianni, John Pearson, Bernard Reber
PublisherRoutledge
Pages225-244
ISBN (Electronic)9781315457291
ISBN (Print)9781138209343
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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    Blok, V., Lubberink, R. J. B., van den Belt, H., Ritzer, S., van der Kruk, H., & Danen, G. (2018). Challenging the ideal of transparency as a process and as an output variable of Responsible Innovation: The case of 'the Circle' . In R. Gianni, J. Pearson, & B. Reber (Eds.), Responsible Research and Innovation: From Concepts to Practices (pp. 225-244). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315457291-11