IT and Nanotechnology: Ethics of Emergent Technology
BApSc, GradDipBioethics, MBioethics, MAppliedEthics, PhD (Philosophy)
Adam Henschke is a post-doctoral research fellow at the
National Security College, Australian National University. He received his PhD
through the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics from Charles Sturt
University at the end of 2013. He also has a Master of Applied Ethics
(2006-2007) from the Norwegian University of Technology (Norway) and Linkoping
University (Sweden), a Master of Bioethics (2004-2005) from Monash University
(Australia), a Graduate Diploma in 'The Biotechnologies of Life', (2002-2003)
also from Monash University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied
Biology/Biotechnology (1995-1997) from RMIT University (Australia).
He is an adjunct research fellow with the Centre of Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University and in 2014 was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong. In 2012 Adam received a Brocher Foundation Research Fellowship (Geneva, Switzerland) to look at the ethical, legal and social implications of 'Open Health' technologies and programs, in 2009 was a visiting researcher at the Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands).
He has published in areas that include information theory, ethics of technology and military ethics. He has co-edited (with Nicholas G. Evans) the International Journal of Applied Philosophy’s symposium on war in the 21st century Fall 2012, (with Fritz Allhoff and Nicholas G. Evans) The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War, 2013, and (with Fritz Allhoff and Bradley Jay Strawser) is currently co-editing a book on the ethics of cyberwarfare for Oxford University Press.
Dr Henschke's forthcoming book will be published by Cambridge University Press (2016). Titled Ethics In An Age Of Surveillance: Virtual Identities And Information Technologies it will be based on his CAPPE PhD.
We live in a changing world. The range and uses of information technologies are evolving in ways that are hard to predict, and our responses are similarly difficult to anticipate. Surveillance technologies in particular are deeply problematic. Following the release of information by Edward Snowden showing that national security agencies around the world are monitoring our internet traffic, our phone calls and the like, people are widely concerned about government surveillance. Similarly, we are slowly learning of the ways in which private companies create and harvest data about us. Information handling giants like Facebook, Google, Apple etc. have all been the targets of public criticism over how they exploit our personal information. In order to properly assess the impacts of these changes on people’s lives, a substantive and deep analysis is needed to tie this new technology to people, to see whether we’re actually facing some truly new set of moral problem or just standard ethical concerns about new technologies. Underpinning this tension is the deeper problem that the book attends to – “Are surveillance technologies changing our moral world, and if so, how?” This book, Ethics in an Age of Surveillance: Virtual Identities and Information Technologies fills a gap by answering that question in a novel way: looking at the relation between identity and personal information.
Fields of special interest
- Ethics of cyber-security
- Just war and military ethics
- Emerging technologies
- Cross cultural ethical dialogues
- Ethics of Research
- Value-informed decision making
Henschke, A. “Opportunity
Costs: Scarcity And Complex Medical Machines”, in van Rysewyk, S. and Pontier,
M. (eds.) Machine Medical Ethics, Springer, 2015.
Allhoff, F., Evans, N. G., and Henschke, A., (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War: Just War in the 21st Century, Routledge, 2013, see: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415539340/.
Henschke, A., “Food’s Purposes” in Thompson, P., & Kaplan, D., Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, Springer, 2013.
Henschke, A. and Evans, N. G., (guest eds.) “War: 21st Century” Symposium in International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 26:2, 2012.
Henschke, A. and Evans, N. G. “Winning Well by Fighting Well: On Probability of Success and Relations Between War’s Ends and Warfighter’s Roles”, International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 26:2, 2012.
Henschke, A., “Making Sense Of Animal Disenhancement”, NanoEthics, 6:1, 2012.
Henschke, A., “Did You Just Say What I Thought You Said? Talking About Genes, Identity And Information”, Identity And The Information Society, 3:3, 2010.
Weckert, J., and Henschke A., “Computer Ethics And Applied Contexts” in Floridi, L., (ed.) A Philosophical Introduction To Computer Ethics, Cambridge University Press, 2009.