CIS users should recognise and take measures to maintain the autonomy and dignity of participants and communities involved and impacted by the information and CIS. A lack of respect for someone fails to appreciate that person's individuality and essential dignity. This include tolerance of differences, recognitions of the rights of others, and taking responsibility for how one's own actions affect others and their rights. The obligation to respect means that States, Organisations, or other scales of action, must refrain from interfereing with or curtailing anyone's ability to enjoy their human rights.

  • Treat any users or subjects partaking in or directly impacted by the CIS with respect, guaranteeing their informed consent and treating them never as merely means for an end
  • Take into account the value-systems of any CIS users.


Council of Europe (2017) What are Human Rights? [Link]
Satori (2016) Ethics assessment for research and innovation - Annex A. CWA SATORI-1:2016 [Link]
United Nations (1948) Universal Declaration of Human Rights. General Assembly Resolution 217A. United Nations General Assembly, Paris, 10 December. [Link]

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