Ethical Consequences of Bounded Rationality in the Internet of Things


  • Sandrina Dimitrijevic



One of the main challenges that the arriving paradigm of Internet of Things brings to society is providing and securing individual privacy. There are lots of obstacles which prevents us from successfully confronting such a challenge. In this paper we are going to deal with one such obstacle, and that is the bounded rationality of humans as participants in the environment of Internet of Things. We argue that the ethical approach to the vision of the Internet of Things has to include the notion of bounded rationality. Bounded rationality of users impedes the possibility of giving informed consent. Informed consent is required when getting permission for collecting and using somebody’s personal information. Lastly, we discuss the need for a paternalistic approach of maximum possible default privacy settings without asking for consent, given the seriousness of all potential risks.




How to Cite

Dimitrijevic, Sandrina. 2014. “Ethical Consequences of Bounded Rationality in the Internet of Things”. The International Review of Information Ethics 22 (December). Edmonton, Canada:74-82.