Contributions sought to describe each category in our new future HTC category structure

Hi, we are in the process of updating our categories according to the new vision and mission. This will also reflect into the new HTC website, which is in progress right now. We need a short description for each category to put both on the forum and on the website.
These is the new category structure:

    • Harms to Wellbeing
    • Health
    • Social
    • Children & teens
    • Mindfulness
    • Harms to Freedom
    • Openness
    • Diversity
    • Security
    • Privacy
    • Harms to Society
    • Inclusion
    • Regulation
    • Sustainable business
    • Digital rights
    • Humane design
    • Ethics
    • Best practices
    • Standards

As an example I paste here the description I drafted for diversity and inclusion.


The emphasis is on the differences that people have on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.
When people come from such different backgrounds, they usually tend to encounter difficulties in managing their relationship with others. This is mainly because people have their ways of thinking, practices, value systems and even prejudices.

However, diversity can be transformed into an asset if individuals develop awareness of their differences and learn to respect them.

Some believe diversity as a step before inclusion, check this article about the difference between diversity and inclusion.


The emphasis is on making all different people involved and able to join, participate and contribute to a common goal.
In organizations, the concept of inclusion is promoted with the intention of fostering a positive environment where different individuals’ voices are heard and respected.

Some believe inclusion as a step beyond diversity, check this article about the difference between diversity and inclusion.

Please pick up a category and make a comment below here with its description, thank you!

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Are there definitions of each category and is that what is also seeking for explanations?

For example, how is “well being” defined specifically? “Freedom” is such a broad word that many will have their own unique interpretations of it, to a libertarian it means one thing, to a socialist another…that sort of thing. Do we mean “freedom of speech”?

It might be a good idea to have these things contextualized and defined, something I could help with but I am unsure what the community consensus is on these category definitions.

Can you point me in the right direction?

@NSaikiwiki see the link above, that is:

yes, I did read that earlier. I may need to put a few things in my own “language” first, to make sure we are contextualizing a shared meaning. I may take a pass, but it may only be helpful for me at this stage, but will post it here when ready.

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Freedom from unauthorized intrusion : state of being let alone and able to keep certain especially personal matters to oneself. The right not to be subjected to unsanctioned invasions of privacy by the government, corporations or individuals.
Types of privacy:
Privacy of the person encompasses the right to keep body functions and body characteristics (such as genetic codes and biometrics) private;

Privacy of behavior and action includes sensitive issues such as sexual preferences and habits, political activities and religious practices;

Privacy of communication aims to avoid the interception of communications, including mail interception, the use of bugs, directional microphones, telephone or wireless communication interception or recording and access to email messages;

Privacy of data and image includes concerns about making sure that individuals’ data is not automatically available to other individuals and organisations and that people can “exercise a substantial degree of control over that data and its use”;

Privacy of thoughts and feelings refers to the right not to share their thoughts or feelings or to have those thoughts or feelings revealed. Individuals should have the right to think whatever they like;

Privacy of location and space means individuals have the right to move about in public or semi-public space without being identified, tracked or monitored;

Privacy of association (including group privacy) is concerned with people’s right to associate with whomever they wish, without being monitored.

There is wide spectrum of how privacy is violated in our digital world even without general public awareness (Improper acquisition, Improper use, Privacy invasion, Improper storage). Privacy should be protected by regulatory and/or technical approach.

Check this rich wikipedia definition for further information.

Feel free to add or correct…



Ethics are the principles of conduct that guide and govern individuals and organizations. It is important to define what is considered “good” and what is considered “bad” when it comes to technology, privacy, and data management.


Children & Teens

The next generation is more involved with technology than ever before. This can be an amazing thing, but can also lead to some pit falls. Young adults and children offer insights into the new and evolving ways that technology is integrated into our lives, as well as how it affects well being and social interactions.



Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes. We have a bad habit of emphasizing the negative and overlooking the positive and it is amplified by our modern society and especially by digital technologies and social networks.

Please review my proposal and feel free to add/correct or change it.

Mindfulness includes awareness of our actions and their consequences so that we take full responsibility for what we do.


Digital Rights

Digital Rights are seen as an extension of Human Rights in the context of new digital technologies, especially the Internet. There is no general worldwide consensus about many aspects of digital rights yet and rules, rights and responsibilities in digital environment need to be more specified and clarified. However basic principles allow individuals to access, use, create, and publish digital media or to access and use computers, other electronic devices, or communications networks. Particularly freedom of expression and the rights to privacy are becoming more important as our data is being used by companies, governments and internet giants many times in legal but unfair way.

For further information check Wikipedia Digital Rights Article.

There were many discussion on the forum about Digital rights and I am not sure if definition mentioned above is rights one. It is just compilation of several sources. So please feel free to correct/change or add.

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@micheleminno, can we add this quote to privacy description?

„You have to fight for your privacy or you will lose it“

Eric Schmidt, Google/Alphabet, 2013

it could be interesting statement for newcomers…:wink:

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