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Technology for Our Future? Exploring the Duty to Report and Processes of Subjectification Relating to Digitalized Suicide Prevention

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Department of Law, Technology, Markets, and Society, Tilburg University, Montesquieu Building, 7th floor, 5037 DB Tilburg, The Netherlands
Information 2020, 11(3), 170; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11030170 (registering DOI)
Received: 29 February 2020 / Revised: 21 March 2020 / Accepted: 22 March 2020 / Published: 23 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Future of Human Digitization)
Digital and networking technologies are increasingly used to predict who is at risk of attempting suicide. Such digitalized suicide prevention within and beyond mental health care raises ethical, social and legal issues for a range of actors involved. Here, I will draw on key literature to explore what issues (might) arise in relation to digitalized suicide prevention practices. I will start by reviewing some of the initiatives that are already implemented, and address some of the issues associated with these and with potential future initiatives. Rather than addressing the breadth of issues, however, I will then zoom in on two key issues: first, the duty of care and the duty to report, and how these two legal and professional standards may change within and through digitalized suicide prevention; and secondly a more philosophical exploration of how digitalized suicide prevention may alter human subjectivity. To end with the by now famous adagio, digitalized suicide prevention is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral, and I will argue that we need sustained academic and social conversation about who can and should be involved in digitalized suicide prevention practices and, indeed, in what ways it can and should (not) happen. View Full-Text
Keywords: suicide prevention; healthcare; digitalization; subjectivity; law; ethics suicide prevention; healthcare; digitalization; subjectivity; law; ethics
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Broer, T. Technology for Our Future? Exploring the Duty to Report and Processes of Subjectification Relating to Digitalized Suicide Prevention. Information 2020, 11, 170.

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