Gap Ethics Committee

The ethics of GAP activities and deliverables are monitored by project’s Expert Ethics Committee. Ensuring the ethical treatment of peacekeepers participating in interviews and game testing for the project is of paramount importance.   Policies for assuring the anonymity of the interviewees, protection of interview and game testing data, and policies for responses to incidental findings were designed with the expert input of, and eventual approval from, the GAP Ethics Committee.  The Committee is also responsible for reviewing and approving the GAP dual use policy, which ensures that the GAP game my only be used for ethical purposes.  The Ethics Committee provide on-going monitoring of these issues throughout the duration of the project.

Chair: Dr Mary Sharp:

School of Computer Science and Statistics,
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr Sharp leads ethics review, and on-going monitoring, at an institutional, national and level. Prof Sharp is a member of the Ethics and Privacy working group for the nationally funded ADAPT research centre, she Chairs the Ethics and Disciplinary Board of Engineers Ireland since 2010, and has evaluated ethics for applications to the European Commission in since 1995. Prof Sharp was on the Panel which drew up “Data Protection and Privacy Ethical Guidelines” for the EU in 2009. Dr Sharp’s research interests include: Data Protection, Security, Safety and Ethics in Information Technology, Medical Informatics and the Evaluation of e-learning Systems.  Dr Sharp will provide expertise on the overall project ethics and leadership on on-going ethics monitoring for the project.

Professor Bert Gordijn;

Institute of Ethics,
Dublin City University, Ireland

Prof Gordijin has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Patent Organisation, the External Science Advisory Panel to the Long-Range Research Initiative of the European Chemical Industry Council and has served on the UNESCO expert committee on ethics and nanotechnology. Professor Gordijn is Secretary of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Heathcare which was founded in 1987 with a view to the growing need for critical reflection on the role of medicine and health care in our present society. He specialises in Applied Ethics. He is also President-Elect of the International Association of Education in Ethics.  Prof Gordijin will provide specific expertise on ethical treatment of, and appropriate safeguards for, research participants.

Professor Julian Kinderlerer

University of Cape Town

Prof Kinderlerer is the current President of the European Group on Ethics in Science and new Technologies from 2010 – 2016. The group advises the President of the European Commission, the Council and the Parliament on ethical issues referred to it or instigated on its own initiative.  He is emeritus professor of Intellectual property law and policy at the University of Cape Town, a former professor of biotechnology and society at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands where he worked in the Biotechnology Department with a team looking at the impact of biotechnology advances. He is also a former director of the Sheffield Institute of Biotechnological Law and Ethics and Professor of Biotechnology Law at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Prof Kinderlerer will provide specific expertise in ethics as they pertain to new technologies.

Dr Eoin O’Dell

School of Law,
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr Eoin O’Dell is an Associate Professor of Law in Trinity College Dublin. He researches and publishes primarily in the fields of freedom of expression, and private and commercial law – and especially where they overlap in IP, IT and cyberlaw.

He has been Chair of the Fellows in Trinity College Dublin, President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, a Member of the Council and Executive of the Society of Legal Scholars in the UK and Ireland, and Editor of the Dublin University Law Journal. He was a member of the group which advised the Department of Justice on the Defamation Act, 2009; he was a member of the Advisory Group on a European Civil Code which advised the EU Commission on common principles of European private law; and he was a member of the Statute Law Revision Committee advising the Department of Public Service and Reform on the process of revising the Irish Statute Book. He was Chair of the Copyright Review Group which presented its final report to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in October 2013. He is a member of the Government Data Forum, established by the Minister of State with responsibility for Data Protection to advise Government on the challenges that arise from the growth in the digital economy. He is legal advisor to the Digital Repository of Ireland.

Dr O’Dell will provide ethical and legal advice and oversight relating, in general, to the handling of project data, and in particular to informed consent.

Dr Christian Damsgaard Jensen

Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
Technical University of Denmark

Dr Damsgaard Jensen’s current research focuses on security in ubiquitous computing, particularly on the development of models, policies and mechanisms to support secure collaboration in open dynamic systems, such as pervasive computing environments, sensor networks and the Internet. He is particularly interested in the problem of securing interactions between parties who do not necessarily share a common security infrastructure, e.g., sharing resources and information in open smart environments, across multiple organizations or across the Internet. He also serves on his own institution’s ethics committee for the Oersted COFUND Post Doc programme.  Dr Damsgaard Jensen will provide specific expertise on ethical practice with regards to digital activity and data.

Dr Sinead McGilloway,

Mental Health and Social Research Unit.
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Dr McGilloway is Director of the Mental Health and Social Research Unit (MHSRU) at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.  She is a community and public health psychologist with many years’ experience in undertaking applied health and social care research, with a particular focus on child and adult mental health and service evaluation, and also including vulnerable and marginalised groups. Dr McGilloway will provide expertise in the ethical treatment of research participants, particularly in regards to PTSD and mental well-being.