Ethical Guidelines for Blockchain Systems

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Enterprise architects and IT systems developers must often decide ad hoc how to identify, assess and mitigate ethical issues of autonomous, rule-based systems based on blockchain technology. As blockchain systems are decentralized and immutable, developers must assess ethical risks, not only on an individual level but also on a network level along the life-cycle stages of a blockchain system. These ethical issues should be addressed and ideally mitigated by clearly defined norms and values that are intentionally incorporated in a blockchain system. As a reference for a normative system, we have chosen the European Union and its ethical values to discuss them in the context of ethical issues emerging from blockchain systems. This paper presents a top-down approach that establishes ethical guidelines for blockchain systems based on ethical issues mapped against European values.
Translated title of the contributionEtiske Retningslinjer for Blockchain Systemer
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Conference of Information Systems
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2023


  • Ethics
  • Blockchain
  • Guidelines
  • Information Systems


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