The Capability Approach as a normative framework for technology assessment

Capabilities in assessing digitalization in the energy transformation




energy transition, digitalization, ethics, autonomous driving, Capability Approach


The digital revolution of the energy system promises a new sustainable energy future, but risks security and privacy. How to balance or at least compare these risks against other values like more sustainability is far from obvious and poses severe challenges for the orientation knowledge of technology assessment (TA). This paper explores the Capability Approach (CA) as a normative orientation for TA that allows addressing these challenges. We use two scenarios for the current digitalization in the energy sector as case studies.


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Hillerbrand R, Milchram C, Schippl J. The Capability Approach as a normative framework for technology assessment: Capabilities in assessing digitalization in the energy transformation. TATuP [Internet]. 2019 Apr. 3 [cited 2024 Feb. 24];28(1):52-7. Available from:

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