Integrating Ethics in Big Data Projects Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Integrating Ethics in Big Data Projects
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  • Date
    Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • Location
  • Category
    Convocation - Internal

*This event is open only to CMU students and alumni

Abstract of the Talk

Governments around the world now make extensive use of data analytics for tasks ranging from identifying children likely to be at risk of harm to detecting electoral fraud.

Many governments have found that the creation of analytics technologies and their applications in the public sector have raced ahead of the development of the governance and management arrangements needed to secure broad societal trust and acceptance.

This has resulted in unintended consequences that have created new problems different from what the analytics solutions were devised to address in the first place.

Recent experiences suggest that a society’s assessment of data analytics tools is viewed not only through the prism of how well they work, but through the fairness and justice of their design and application. In this context, ethics becomes critical.

This talk will discuss the issues and considerations for making ethical assessments in the design and implementation of big data projects as well as discuss the challenges of training public managers to make such assessments in culturally diverse societies like Australia and New Zealand.

About the Speaker

Nicholas Agar is a philosopher, an author, and professor of ethics at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand who is interested in the broader human significance of technological progress.

Nick’s main research interests are in the ethical implications of the digital revolution, the meaning of technological progress, and the ways in which genetic and cybernetic technologies may change us.

Nick earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Mind from the Australian National University. He earned his Master’s Degree of Arts from the Victoria University of Wellington, and his Bachelor’s Degree of Arts from the University of Auckland.

He has been teaching at Victoria since 1996. He is the author of Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement, the Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits, and most recently of How to be Human in the Digital Economy, all published by the MIT Press.