Discussions around new technologies are all too often ‘black-and-white’, with only 'fantastic' and 'terrible' positions. Today, however, we need to look for far more nuanced positions.
Katleen Gabriels is an assistant professor in the research group Philosophy and Ethics at the Department Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). She researches the relations between morality and contemporary technologies. In so doing, she seeks to conjoin a strong grounding in moral philosophy with empirical studies. Her research focuses on ‘other-tracking technologies’. Mobile and wearable computing create ever more possibilities to track one another through GPS-enabled devices and mobile applications: parents can track their children, spouses their significant other, employers their employees, and so forth. With these apps and smart devices we can monitor and even discipline the other at-a-distance. Her expertise is in the area of philosophy and ethics of technology, computer ethics, media ethics, moral philosophy, Internet of Things (IoT), (social) virtual worlds and virtual reality (VR).
Katleen holds an MSc in Germanic Philology from KU Leuven and an MSc in Moral Sciences from Ghent University and a doctoral degree in Philosophy and Moral Sciences from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where she worked as a postdoctoral researcher from 2014 to 2017. She was also a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna and a guest professor at the VUB. In addition, Katleen also studied one full academic year (2007-2008) at Helsinki University (Erasmus program). Katleen is an elected steering committee member of Ethicomp, an international organization that occupies itself with ethical computing. Her book 'Onlife. Hoe de digitale wereld je leven bepaalt (How digitization shapes your life)' was published (Lannoo) in 2016 and named as ‘Book of the year’ by independent think tank Liberales.
Exploring entertainment medicine and professionalization of self-care: interview study among doctors on the potential eEffects of digital self-trackingJournal of Medical Internet Research (2018)
Virtual gossip : how gossip regulates moral life in virtual worldsComputers in Human Behavior (2016)
‘I keep a close watch on this child of mine’ : a moral critique of other-tracking appsEthics and Information Technology (2016)
Morality and involvement in social virtual worlds : the intensity of moral emotions in response to virtual versus real life cheating.New Media & Society (2014)
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