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Saturday, October 13 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Teaching ethics

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This fishbowl builds on three premises:

1. Not teaching ethics is not an option. Complexity and opaqueness permeate networked information environments. The relative ease of big data-research, interventions, and product/service development means that people across disciplines and professions must (re)think what constitutes a responsible techno-social actor.

2. Teaching ethics is difficult. Stand-alone “responsible conduct” trainings fall short. There is a growing awareness of the need to shift from procedural rules to broader moral agency but no shared path forward.

3. Practicing ethics is complicated, contextual and perpetually changing. For decades (internet) researchers have claimed that ethical behavior can’t be standardized, nor can risks be predicted by “responsible conduct” frameworks.

The 5 initial fish bring a rich mix of experience teaching ethics to diverse audiences. We use these reflections to prompt sharing and brainstorming to inspire development of teaching resources by the AoIR ethics committee.

Initial fish:

Annette Markham has been teaching ethics to social studies, communication and information studies students for 20 years. Her favorite audience have been computer scientists and machine learning specialists.

Michael Zimmer teaches “information technology ethics" to students of IT, engineering, and business; provides overviews of ethical frameworks and research ethics to various graduate seminars.

Mary L Gray teaches ethics to media studies and CS students at Harvard, is on the Ethics Advisory Board for Microsoft Research and on the executive board of the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research.

Linnet Taylor leads the ERC-funded DATAJUSTICE project which aims to understand the different perspectives worldwide on what constitutes just treatment through data technologies. Teaches ethics to engineers, lawyers, software developers, data scientists and computer scientists.

Aline Shakti Fanzke taught ethics to data scientists, data protection officers, data analysts, project leaders snf manager at Utrecht municipality.

Kat Tiidenberg will moderate the fishbowl.

Saturday October 13, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Sheraton - Salon 4