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IEEE Standards Association Jointly Launches an Open Community for Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems with Nine Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs)


New global forum to foster cooperation in the development and use of
ethically aligned standards in ICT, in particular for autonomous and
intelligent systems

IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated
to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE
Standards Association (IEEE-SA)
, today jointly launched and became a
founding member of an Open
Community for Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (OCEANIS)
This global forum brings together organizations interested in the
development and use of standards as a means to address ethical matters
in autonomous and intelligent systems.

Standards can help reassure end users and can play an important role in
alleviating concerns regarding ethics. The community addresses a real
need and opportunity for broad collaboration between all relevant
national and international organizations to develop locally and globally
applicable solutions that support technical, business and policy

Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for IEEE-SA, says,
"IEEE-SA's initiative in the establishment of OCEANIS aligns with IEEE's
tagline and with the rationale behind IEEE's Global Initiative on Ethics
of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. We are convinced that the complex
ethical issues emerging in the development and deployment of such
systems can only be addressed through processes that correspond to the
envisioned principles, not through agreements behind closed doors. IEEE
has already initiated an entirely new series of standardization projects
open to any interested person and carried out through our rules-based
and transparent process."

OCEANIS participants consent to:

  • Share information and coordinate on respective initiatives and programs
  • Enhance understanding of the role of standards in facilitating
    innovation, and address problems that extend beyond technical
    solutions to addressing ethics and values
  • Jointly organize events at the local/regional/global level
  • Identify opportunities for concerted activities that strengthen the
    development and use of standards in addressing technical, societal and
    ethical implications arising from technology advancement.

The OCEANIS community is open to all interested organizations. In
addition to IEEE-SA, Founding Members include the:

  • Austrian Electrotechnical Association (OVE)
  • Austrian Standards International (A.S.I.)
  • British Standards Institution (BSI)
  • China Electronic Standardizations Institute (CESI)
  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • Ecuadorian Service for Standardization (INEN)
  • National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)
  • Turkish Standards Institute (TSE)
  • Verband und Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik Elektronik
    Informationstechnik (VDE/DKE)

The OCEANIS community is open and not-for-profit. For more information
on OCEANIS, visit the community's web
. If your organization is interested in participating
in OCEANIS, please email

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About the IEEE Standards Association

The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting
body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process
that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community.
IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current
scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of
over 1,250 active standards and over 650 standards under development.
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