Statement on COVID-19: ethical considerations from a global perspective
Publication/Creation DateApril 6 2020
DescriptionThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Bioethics Committee (IBC) and the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) released a statement on the bioethics surrounding COVID-19.
With regards to technology in particular, they write, "digital technologies like mobile phones, social media, and artificial intelligence can play a substantial role in dealing with pandemics, by making it possible to monitor, anticipate and influence the spreading of the disease and the behavior of human beings. It is of crucial importance to make sure that the ethical, social and political issues related to the use of these technologies are adequately addressed. Human rights should always be respected, and values of privacy and autonomy should be carefully balanced with values of safety and security".
, Public Health
, Human Rights
, Social Distancing
, Social Interaction
Date archivedApril 15 2020
Last editedApril 15 2020
How to cite this entry
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO, The World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST, International Bioethics Committee (IBC). (April 6 2020). "Statement on COVID-19: ethical considerations from a global perspective". Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/4366