With inclusion in the information society growing in importance, the Commission has identified the urgent need to clarify ethical issues in order to respect the rights of users and enable thriving markets to develop (June 2007 Commission Communication on Ageing Well in the Information Society and the November 2007 Communication on e-Inclusion). Ethical issues related to inclusion in the information society concern amongst others ICT for healthy and independent living of elderly people, assistive technologies for persons with disabilities, ICT for integration of marginalised young people or migrants. All these themes were discussed in a workshop held in Brussels on 16 March 2009 – the first of a series of three – organised by the eInclusion Unit. Objective of these meetings is to set up criteria for selecting best ethical practices in the field of eInclusion as seen by all stakeholders: industry, research community, civil society, regional authorities, end users. Participation was restricted to speakers and a selected stakeholder and expert panel.

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