Beneficence refers to action that is done for the benefit of others, i.e. to prevent harms or improve the situation of others. In information sharing, beneficence refers to efforts of weighing risks and benefits. This requires balancing information flow and safeguarding subjects.
- Avoid harm for people and for environment.
- Support user competence in engaging with a diversity of information.
- Manage information transactions such the welfare of the subjects and users are safeguarded.
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