Ethical and Societal Aspects


To contribute to align public values with innovations that are triggered by the transition to QSC (Quantum-Safe Cryptography). Disruptive technologies such as QSC affect both businesses and citizens. To establish a well founded contribution to this discourse, it is crucial that we have good conceptual models that engage citizens at an early stage of the innovation design process. Since future QSC technologies are well beyond the (moral) imagination of most citizens, and it is primarily citizens who in the end bear the (moral) consequences of these technologies, there are four aims:

1.    Inventory of the moral dilemmas of the QSC transition and the moral frameworks in which they appear.
2.    Awareness: use creative intervention tools to stretch the (moral) imagination of citizens and stakeholders, make them better equipped to understand what a QS future might look like, how public values are affected.
3.    Co-design: establish an infrastructure through which citizens co-design solutions aligned with public values. 
4.    Model: develop a validated conceptual model of the impact of QSC technologies on key public values, e.g. security, equality, inclusivity, privacy, transparency, explainability, reliability, balance of power. 


Contribution to project

This WP works within Use Case 2 and identifies desirable ethical requirements for QSC through citizen and stakeholder engagement, in a Moral Lab and a Societal Incubator that will track SELs for QSC technologies. The WP delivers reports about these interventions and gives a bottom-up model of the alignment of QSC technology and public values that will be input for WPs 3 & 4.