Three things digital ethics can learn from medical ethics

Ethical codes, ethics committees, and respect for autonomy have been key to the development of medical ethics — elements that digital ethics would be advised to emulate.

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Véliz, C. Three things digital ethics can learn from medical ethics. Nat Electron 2, 316–318 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41928-019-0294-2

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