Challenging questions and ethical obligations: the ethics of everyday practice > 21 January 2015

Michael Dunn


Protection or peril? Using hidden cameras and other ‘remote’ technologies in social care.

We propose a panel discussion to explore ethical issues surrounding the adoption of technologies – such as fall detectors and hidden cameras – aimed at preventing harm to people in residential and home care.

Recent debates about the rights and wrongs of using hidden cameras to prevent abuse in residential care settings have drawn attention to the challenges of providing personal care to vulnerable people in private places. There are different approaches to thinking about the ethics of remote technologies, and we intend to explore how far these different approaches take us. A standard principles-driven analysis might weigh client privacy against concerns for their welfare, a socio-ethical analysis might focus on our understanding of behaviour in closed institutions, and a different approach again would ask how far using technologies intrudes into, supports, or reconfigures home life.

The three panel members are Michael Dunn, Murray Anderson Wallace and Suzanne Shale, and we aim to add a fourth panelist from a provider organisation.



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